(CNSNews.com) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he will make a decision on whether to run for president after January 2023 and that he believes there’s “a pretty large lane of sane Republicans” who are looking for a voice.
When asked what makes him think there’s a lane for “a moderate-ish, blue state, anti-Trump, sane Republican” like him when he looks at the party right now, Hogan said, “Well, I consider myself a commonsense conservative. I have been a lifelong Republican. I believe that that's where most people in America are.
“About 70 percent of the people in America are completely frustrated with politics on both sides, Republicans and Democrats, and the latest CNN poll came out and said, right now, only 50 percent of the Republicans would like to see Donald Trump run again. I believe that there is a pretty large lane of sane Republicans, and they're looking for a voice,” he said.
When asked whether they’re losing the battle for the soul of the Republican Party, Hogan said, “Well, I think we have still got a long way to go. Like I said, we have until 2024. Right now, I think we have made tremendous progress, because we went from about 80-some percent that wanted to reelect Donald Trump to 50.
“That's a huge drop, but you're -- yes, I have been speaking out loudly and strongly about this battle for the soul of the party,” the governor said.
“To say it's legitimate political discourse to attack the seat of our Capitol, and smash windows, and attack police officers, and threaten to hang the vice president, and threaten to overthrow the election, it's insanity, and it's a -- there's a circular firing squad where we attack Republicans,” he said.
“The Republican Party that I want to get back to is the one that believes in freedom and truth, and not one that attacks people who don't swear 100 percent fealty to the dear leader,” Hogan said.