Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) announced Thursday that he’s running for President in 2024.
The three-term moderate Republican is a former CIA officer and a fierce critic of former President Trump, who announced he’s running for reelection back in November.
Hurd joins a large field of GOP contenders looking to unseat President Biden that also includes former Vice President Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgrum and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
Including several business people and media personalities from outside the traditional political realm, at least 13 Republicans have so far joined the race for the GOP nomination as of this week.
Hurd made his announcement on CBS, saying, “This morning I filed to be Republican nominee for President of the United States.”
In a video announcement on Twitter, Hurd said that the “soul of our country is under attack.”
President Biden ran in 2020 calling his campaign to unseat then-President Trump a “battle for the soul of the nation,” a statement he has repeated numerous times since taking the Oath of Office.
“Our enemies plot, create chaos, and threaten the American Dream. At home, illegal immigration and fentanyl stream into our country. Inflation, still out of control. Crime and homelessness growing in our cities,” Hurd added in his video. “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.”
Though Hurd may end up as the highest-profile Texan in the GOP primary, it’s unclear how deeply his message will resonate with Republican voters. He is seldom included in primary polling and is much less well-known than many of his GOP competitors.