"Someone like me, right, a dark horse candidate, can pull this off," Hurd stated during his interview with CBS Mornings on Thursday, June 23. (Related: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announces potential run against Biden for the 2024 presidency.)
Hurd, who previously represented the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, released a campaign video on Thursday, June 22, announcing his candidacy. He claimed to be concerned about the state of the nation and the need for "commonsense leadership." He expressed his belief that America's values and the American Dream are under attack due to a variety of issues, such as illegal immigration, fentanyl smuggling, inflation, crime and homelessness – adding that these problems are challenges that require immediate attention.
In his CBS interview, Hurd also emphasized the importance of addressing national issues such as China's rise as a competing superpower, persistent inflation and declining education standards. Hurd expressed his frustration that these issues were not prioritized in the national discourse.
"President Biden can't solve these problems – or won't," Hurd said in his presidential campaign video. "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."
Prior to his political career, Hurd served as an undercover CIA officer focusing on counterterrorism in Pakistan. His experience in national security and intelligence could be seen as a valuable asset in the presidential race.
Hurd's political journey began in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Representative Pete Gallego by a narrow margin of approximately 2,400 votes, surprising strategists from both parties. In 2018, Hurd won reelection by a margin of less than a thousand votes, solidifying his reputation as a formidable candidate in a competitive district. But he chose not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2020, citing his interest in addressing the intersection of technology and national security outside Congress.
Amid speculation that his decision to not run for another term was driven by fears that he might not be able to win another reelection bid, Hurd claimed his retirement from Congress was driven by a desire to help the Republican Party become more diverse rather than concerns about his chances of re-election.
As Hurd enters the race, he faces stiff competition from a crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP nomination While his status as an underdog may pose challenges, his unique background, experience and vision could help him stand out in a race that promises to be highly contested and closely watched by political observers.
However, Hurd's announcement of his presidential candidacy drew different reactions from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
A pro-Trump super PAC dismissed him as a "Republican In Name Only," suggesting that Hurd's entry was influenced by the perceived decline of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign. The Democratic National Committee also criticized Hurd, accusing him of hypocrisy for aligning himself with Trump's agenda during his time in Congress and now attempting to rebrand himself as a moderate Republican.
Learn more about the race for the Republican Party's nomination at VoteRepublican.news.
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