GOP Governor Urges Republican Candidates To ‘Find Separation’ From Trump


New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu urged Republican candidates to “separate” themselves from Donald Trump, as he remains the front-runner in the GOP following the first GOP Presidential debate on Wednesday. Sununu made his remarks below. Sununu’s remarks are below. I think Nikki Haley did it pretty well, but that’s really the key: It’s not just attacking him but then finding out where your candidacy is, assessing it as we go through the fall and saying, ‘Look, when the time to back out is there, you’ve gotta back out.'”In the days before the debate, Sununu urged candidates to “break free of Mr. Trump’s drama” and “go on offense.”

The GOP governor, who said in June he had decided against a White House bid, added that Trump would lose in a scenario in which there are fewer candidates.

“If the number of candidates challenging Trump winnow down, especially if it’s one-on-one, he loses. There’s no question. Sununu stated that the Republican Party could move forward. It was the first time since six years ago that we saw leadership in the Republican Party, without Donald Trump. The debate has been a great success. It’s very energetic, and there is a lot to discuss. It didn’t fall flat,” he added.[Christie]Trump holds a lead of more than 37 percentage points over the next GOP candidate in an average of national polls, according to FiveThirtyEight.

NewsNation’s Mike Viqueira later asked the GOP governor, a staunch Trump critic, why he’s opposed to the former president.

“I’m opposed to him because he can’t win. I want winners,” declared Sununu, who pointed to GOP performance in the 2018 midterms, the 2020 presidential election, and the 2022 midterms.

“Him, his message, his candidates all lost, so why would we do this a fourth time and expect a different result?” Sununu said. As a four-term Governor, I have learned that you can’t govern if you lose in November. And November of ’24, he’s proven he can’t do that.”