New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Sunday he doesn’t think former President Donald Trump could beat President Joe Biden in a 2024 rematch.
“Unfortunately, at the end of the day, November of 22 showed us that, right? Trump is going to be seen as a very extreme candidate. The country is going to push back against it,” the Republican governor said.
Sununu, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” was responding to a question about a new Washington Post-ABC poll that showed Trump ahead of Biden when it comes to the 2024 election. Sununu was not persuaded by those numbers.
“It can’t get done. He could get the nomination, but he can’t get [it] done,” Sununu said of the former president.
Sununu, who offered pointed criticisms of Biden’s handling of the economy, said Republicans need to nominate the most electable conservative they can find.
He said that a solid GOP field was shaping up and that he was also “thinking about it” when it comes to entering the race himself.
“Definitely thinking about it, having those conversations,” Sununu said, “but at the end of the day, you’re going to have a lot of Republicans that get in that race. They’re all really good people; they’re really good candidates. You have Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo and Governor [Ron] DeSantis and a lot of folks who are going to get in.”
Speaking later on the same program, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed with Sununu that Trump was unlikely to defeat Biden.
“I don’t think so,” he said during a panel discussion.
The Post-ABC poll gave Trump a 48-44 edge over Biden. But it also showed that a majority of Democrats do not want Biden to be the Democratic nominee in 2024 and that a plurality of Republicans feel the same way about Trump. The poll, released two days before Biden’s State of the Union address, was conducted Jan. 27-Feb. 1 among a national sample of 1,003 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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