(USNewsMag.com) – On Sept. 26, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin responded to the question of whether or not he would make a late entry into the race for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
During an interview with David Rubenstein at the Washington Economic Club in Washington, D.C., Youngkin stated his attention remains on Virginia. He added that while he is “humbled” by the speculation, he will be focusing on the Virginia state elections. The November 2023 Virginia state elections will determine the control of the state’s General Assembly. Republicans currently hold a majority in the Virginia State House and are hoping to win a majority in the Virginia State Senate.
He stated, “It is really exciting” that people all around the country and the world “are really excited about what we are doing in Virginia.”
He did not respond to whether he would consider running as the vice presidential candidate for former President Donald Trump if he was asked.
Youngkin also failed to endorse a candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. He stated, “I think voters should choose this,” adding that he doesn’t “expect to endorse anyone.”
Youngkin was also asked about the age of both Trump, 77, and President Joe Biden, 80. At the end of a second term, if elected, both candidates would be the oldest U.S. presidents ever. Youngkin stated, “These are demanding jobs,” adding that the main “thing is that they can do the job.”
Youngkin’s approval rating in Virginia, a state that, until Youngkin’s 2021 victory, had not elected a Republican governor since 2009, is 51 percent. This has led to speculation among those who remain unsatisfied with the current field of candidates for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
Former chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp., Rupert Murdoch, has stated privately that “he wants Youngkin to enter the race.” In a hypothetical head-to-head matchup in Virginia, Youngkin would beat Biden by a margin of seven points, according to an August poll from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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