Virginia’s Governor, Glenn Youngkin, recently addressed the swirling rumors about his potential bid for the presidency in 2024. At an event in Manassas, where he was campaigning for local Republican candidates for the upcoming November elections, Youngkin emphasized his current focus on the 2023 state races.
When questioned about the possibility of a presidential run, Youngkin did not give a direct answer. Instead, he highlighted the significance of the Virginia elections this year, stating, “The most important election in the nation, I believe, is Virginia this year.” He expressed his dedication to supporting Republican candidates and emphasized the transformative power of conservative principles in reshaping the direction of a state.
Youngkin’s comments come amid increasing speculation about his potential entry into the 2024 presidential race, especially as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis faces challenges in his campaign. Youngkin had previously dismissed such speculations in an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier in May, asserting his commitment to working in Virginia.
Adding to the speculation, there have been reports of Youngkin attending a donor event in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Another report suggested that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had discussions with Youngkin about a potential presidential bid. However, Youngkin has not publicly commented on these reports.
David Rexrode, the executive director of Youngkin’s state PAC, Spirit of Virginia, reiterated Youngkin’s focus on Virginia’s state elections. He highlighted the governor’s active involvement in local town halls and his absence from key cities associated with presidential campaigns.
Despite the rumors, if Youngkin were to announce a presidential bid, he would be entering a race where many GOP candidates have already declared their intentions. The first Republican presidential debate is set to take place soon, featuring prominent figures like South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, among others.
Former President Donald Trump has decided not to attend the debate, despite leading in the polls. The debate, organized by the Republican National Committee, has set specific criteria for participation, including polling and donor thresholds.