Today, former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) released the following video and statement after filing paperwork formally launching his bid for the Republican nomination for president and announcing his candidacy on CBS Mornings.
“I'm running for president because our country is facing once-in-a-generation problems right now,” Hurd said. “But instead of talking about solutions, we're looking to the past. The Republican Party can and should be the party of the future. We need a forward-looking leader who is willing to tackle the most pressing problems facing our nation. But, in order to accomplish anything, we need to bring people together. Together, we can build a brighter future—one where common sense prevails, where unity triumphs, and where our great nation flourishes.”
Full transcript of Will Hurd 2024 launch video:
The soul of our country is under attack. Our enemies plot, create chaos, and threaten the American Dream. At home, illegal immigration and fentanyl stream into our country. Inflation, out of control. Crime and homelessness growing in our cities, and liberals do nothing.
President Biden can't solve these problems—or won't. And if we nominate a lawless, selfish, failed politician like Donald Trump—who lost the House, the Senate, and the White House—we all know Joe Biden will win again.
Republicans deserve better. America deserves better. It's common sense. Common sense says we're better together. I know it. You know it. There's more that unites us than divides us. And America needs common sense during these complicated times.
I’m Will Hurd, and for the past 20 years, I've been on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation. I hunted down terrorists in the Middle East after 9/11. In Congress, I fought to lower taxes, secure our border, and provide more opportunities for the middle class. I've worked at the highest levels of business to harness technology and innovation for the future of America.
These experiences have shown me that this moment, this election, has never mattered more. That's why I'm running for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States of America.
I envision an America where the economy thrives because we harness technologies like artificial intelligence to grow American jobs, not unemployment. An America where every child, regardless of location or age, has access to a safe, world-class education. An America that acknowledges science, addresses mental health, and is inclusive and understanding.
It's not a given that this vision for America will happen, but it can if we focus on our timeless principles and limitless potential—not self-interested politics. As president, I'll put our American security and prosperity first, and I'll give us the common sense leadership America so desperately needs. I'm Will Hurd. I'm running for President, and I approve this message.
Will Hurd 2024 Website
June 29, 2023
Will Hurd Announces 2024 Bid for President on CBS Mornings
"I believe the Republican Party can be the party that talks about the future, not the past."
Today, former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) announced his bid for the Republican nomination for president on CBS Mornings. Below are some highlights from his interview.
WILL HURD ON WHY HE'S RUNNING:
"We live in complicated times and we need common sense. There are a number of generational defining challenges that we're faced with in America. Everything from the Chinese government trying to surpass us as the global superpower, the fact that inflation is persistent at a time when technologies like artificial intelligence is going to upend every single industry, and our kids—their scores in math, science, and reading are the lowest they've ever been in this century.
"These are the issues we should be talking about. And to be frank, I'm pissed that we're not talking about these things. I'm pissed that our elected officials are telling us to hate our neighbors. Our neighbors are not our enemies—they're our fellow Americans who we just happen to have a disagreement with. ... I believe the Republican Party can be the party that talks about the future, not the past.
"We should be putting out a vision of how do we have unprecedented peace, how do we have a thriving economy, how do we make sure our kids have a world class education, regardless of their age and location? We can do this. It's hard. But here's one thing I've learned: If we remember two things, we can pull this off. America is better together. Way more unites us than divides us."
WILL HURD ON HOW A DARK HORSE CANDIDATE CAN WIN:
"A dark horse candidate can pull this off. One, you can't be afraid of Donald Trump. Too many candidates in this race are afraid of Donald Trump, but we also have to articulate a different vision. All of my life, I've heard that the Republican Party was the 'big tent party.' We were the party that was willing to have competition of ideas. But unfortunately, we have got in this echo chamber and only preach to the choir. It's real easy to preach to the choir, but what we need to do is grow the choir. You have to do that in a primary and you have to do that in a general election.
"And guess what? I know how to do that. Nobody thought a Black Republican was going to win in a 72% Latino district against another Republican who had a lot of money and everyone was backing him. I was able to pull it off because I did something simple, show up to places where people don't expect you. Talk about the things they care about and that's the path, it's not easy... it's something we have to do."
Will Hurd 2024 Website
October 9, 2023
Will Hurd Suspends Presidential Bid, Calls on GOP Candidates to Consolidate Against Trump
Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Will Hurd released the following statement regarding the suspension of his presidential campaign:
“When I first entered the Republican presidential primary field in June, I knew I was a dark horse candidate with a path to victory that would contain many obstacles. But as I traveled across the country, I met so many Americans who believed in my campaign’s message of unity and common sense.
“In 14 short weeks, my team and I matched the accomplishments of many of the other candidates in the race who had significantly higher name ID and cash advantage. I am honored to have had the support of the people who made this possible.
“Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign. While I appreciate all the time and energy our supporters have given, it is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to consolidate our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and President Biden. I urge donors, voters, and other candidates to unite around an alternative candidate to Trump. Otherwise, we will repeat the same errors as in 2016. If the Republican party nominates Donald Trump or the various personalities jockeying to imitate his divisive, crass behavior, we will lose.
“I entered this race for a few simple reasons. First, to do what I can to ensure this experiment called America lasts for another 247 years. Second, Americans deserve better than the rematch from hell between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Third, not enough people are talking about real, achievable solutions to the generation-defining challenges that are in front of us, including artificial intelligence, our new Cold War with China, and the complexity of the ongoing crisis at our southern border.
“Our nation deserves a leader who can unite us and navigate the complex challenges we face, particularly when it comes to our national security. I believe Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best person in this race to do that. Ambassador Haley has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy. I wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her for the remainder of this race.”