(USNewsMag.com) – Larry Elder, 70, a talk radio host, announced that he will be running for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. Elder has already traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire, which had sparked rumors he was considering a run.
Elder made the announcement April 20 on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. The top issues, according to Elder, are energy, inflation and the security of the southern border. He also mentioned policing and crime as issues that need to be addressed. Elder, who is Black, also wants to highlight what he says is the “lie about systemic racism” in America.
Elder grew up in Los Angeles, attending an Ivy League college and law school. He went on to practice law, and for 15 years he owned Laurence A. Elder & Associates, his own legal recruitment firm.
For the last few decades, Elder has worked in the media industry, beginning his radio show, “The Larry Elder Show,” in 1993. He has written multiple books and hosted TV shows.
In the 2021 recall effort, Elder ran unsuccessfully against California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom was recalled due anger over the response by Newsom to the pandemic. Out of 46 candidates, Elder won the Republican nomination to run against Newsom in the recall election.
After making his announcement he traveled to Iowa to speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. Former President Donald Trump, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will also be speaking at the event.
Elder will face a field that currently includes Trump, former United Nations Ambassador and for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Hutchinson.
Potential candidates include Scott, who has launched an exploratory committee, former Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to announce his candidacy after the Florida Legislature ends its session in May.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu are still considering whether they will run.
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