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Will Hurd speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2023 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on July 28, 2023 in Des Moines.
“Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign,” he wrote in a statement, adding, “It is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to strengthen our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and President (Joe) Biden.”
A former congressman who struggled to gain traction in a crowded GOP field Trump’s dominanceIssued a stark warning to his party: “If the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump or any of the various personalities jockeying to emulate his divisive, vulgar behavior, we will fail.”
Hurd entered the race in June as an outspoken critic of the former president and was one of the few Republican contenders willing to attack Trump directly. He accused his fellow GOP candidates of fearing Trump and argued that the former president, who currently faces 91 criminal charges against him in four separate criminal cases, is running for a second term to “stay out of jail.”
In endorsing Haley, a former ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, Hurd praised her as a leader who can navigate national security challenges. “Ambassador Haley has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unparalleled grasp of our foreign policy issues,” he said.
This story has been updated with additional information.