Hutchinson talks future of the Republican Party
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- As Donald Trump continues to have a strong foothold in the primaries, more traditional Republicans say the GOP needs new leadership.
“Trump acknowledges he's recreating the Republican Party in his own image and to me that image is not good,” said Asa Hutchison.
The former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate said the future of the Republican Party shouldn't involve Donald Trump.
“Whenever he could not bring himself to approve the election, insisted upon misleading his supporters, and not participate in a foundation of our democracy - which is a peaceful transition of power - I said that's just not really the leader of our party we need in the future,” he said.
Hutchinson dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. He then endorsed Nikki Haley for the nomination.
“She beat me. She's a powerful lady with incredible experience. She can take us away from the chaos. It's an uphill fight she has but thank goodness she's in there fighting for that,” Hutchinson said.
CBS19 asked Hutchinson, who is 73, how age is affecting the race: “The key is that we need to have a president of the United States that shows strength and demonstrates strength, and Nikki Haley is right that you certainly see weakness in Joe Biden, but you also see weakness in terms of Donald Trump whenever he gets confused,” he said.
Hutchinson said he's ready to let Haley take over.
“I do believe that this is a year for a new generation of leaders, and that's the case Nikki Haley makes, and I think it resonates,” he said.
But if that doesn’t happen, he said he’s not counting out a run in 2028.