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Hogan won’t rule out challenging Trump

February 20th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan, who remains publicly non-committal to calls to challenge President Donald Trump, suggested Wednesday that one way or another, Trump might not be the Republican nominee in 2020.

"The election is two years away," he told "CBS This Morning." "I don't know who the nominees in either party are going to be."

Hogan did not vote for Trump in 2016 and the moderate hasn't hesitated to criticize his fellow Republican, most recently on the issue of declaring a national emergency to get border wall funding

This week, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined a lawsuit brought by California challenging the constitutionality of that decision. Correspondent Ed O'Keefe asked directly if Hogan thought Trump was fit to serve.

"Look, I'm not in any position to judge the fitness of the president," Hogan said. "I've been pretty clear I don't like the tone that the president uses. I think there are times where he acts irrationally and… does things in a way that aren't great for the Republican party or the country or for him and his agenda."

As for the national rumblings about his own political future, Hogan stressed that he's mere weeks into his second term, but didn't say "no."

"I would say I'm being approached from a lot of different people and I think the best way to put it is I haven't thrown them from my office," Hogan said.

A maverick streak runs in the family. Hogan's father, Laurence Hogan Sr. was the only Republican to vote in committee for articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, possibly contributing to his primary election loss in his subsequent run for governor.

Hogan is headed to Iowa next month, ostensibly as part of his leadership role with the National Governors Association. However, a trip to the early primary state will likely do little to tamp down on speculation.

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