在一个 op-ed for CNN published last month
, Duncan wrote
“Trump did not lose because of voter fraud or his conservative policies. Biden is sitting in the White House today because voters grew tired of Trump’s erratic behavior, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The upcoming elections cannot be a discussion about the past, unless we want to continue losing. Republican candidates cannot win general elections around the country if they exert all of their energy in the primary on a litmus test around unfounded election conspiracy theories.”
All of this activity by Duncan — with the New Hampshire trip the most telling clue — suggests he wants to run for the Republican presidential nomination in his own right in 2024.
Asked about that question directly by WMUR, Duncan answered this way:
“I’m focused on healing and rebuilding the party right now. If you looked at my to-do list every day of what I have to do in all 50 states and the people I’ve got to talk to, I’m certainly consumed with trying to heal and rebuild the party, and we’re going to be in a process of trying to figure out who’s the best leader.”
所以, 是, he wants to run.
The broader question Duncan’s positioning raises is this: Is there 其实 an appetite within the GOP base for someone who wants to move beyond Trump and who rejects the former president’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 选举?
I’ve seen very little evidence that such a section of the base exists.
重点: Duncan will be one of a handful of Republican candidates over the next few years trying to suggest that Trump needs to be put in the rear-view mirror ASAP. It’s a perilous path to take in the current version of the GOP.