Former Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan urges Vivek Ramaswamy and other GOP candidates to drop out. Hogan warns against a repeat of the divisive 2016 election.
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Too Many in the Ring?
In a recent interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” former Maryland GOP Gov.
Larry Hogan expressed concern over the number of candidates vying for the Republican nomination.
Larry Hogan believes too many candidates are still in the primary race, and he openly called for a reduction in numbers.
Hogan Targets Ramaswamy
Highlighting biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy as a point of contention, Hogan urged him and other candidates who failed to make it to the debate stage to consider withdrawing from the nomination race.
He referred to Ramaswamy as a “cheerleader” and “fill-in” for former President Donald Trump.
Despite not being present on the debate stage last month, Ramaswamy’s support for the former president remained vocal.
Hogan’s assessment bluntly stated, “He should not be running for president. He is trying to apply for a job with Trump.”
Warnings of a 2016 Repeat
Hogan’s concerns stem from the divisive 2016 election, where Republican voters who did not favor Trump had their votes dispersed among a wide field of GOP candidates.
He emphasized that a similar situation could arise in the upcoming election if too many candidates remained in the fray.
He added, “We are going to have to figure out how can we convince people to put aside their egos and their own goals just to make sure we do the right thing for the country in the party.”
Hogan’s Own Political Stance
It is noteworthy that Hogan is co-chairman of the No Labels political party.
This party is currently contemplating a third-party run, particularly if both Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are the respective nominees for the Republican and Democratic parties.