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Utah’s Republican Gov. Spencer Cox told «Meet the Press» on Sunday that «I would love to have a governor» be the Republican nominee for president.

Cox did not name a preferred candidate, but praised the governors mentioned in quick succession during the interview.

  • On New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu: «Sununu is fantastic.»
  • On Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: «Great record.»
  • On former Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson: «Asa is a good friend.»
  • «All fantastic,» he said after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was mentioned.

Cox ruled out a governor running for president in 2024: himself.

After Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who joined Cox on «Meet the Press,» said he wanted to see Cox run, the Republican responded that «that definitely won’t happen.»

«I am running for re-election.»