Nov 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Kinzinger weighing 2024 presidential run

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger at a hearing for the House select committee investigating the Capitol riots. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told news outlets Thursday that he isn't ruling out a 2024 presidential bid.

Why it matters: Kinzinger, a longtime Trump critic, announced last week that he would not seek re-election to the House in 2022. He voted to impeach the former president in January and is one of two Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 House select committee.

What he's saying: Kinzinger told CNN he "definitely" wouldn't rule out a run for the White House.

  • He told the Chicago Sun-Times that it wasn't something he was seeking, but I would be dishonest to rule it out."
  • Kinzinger added that he'll have to see "what three years from now looks like."
  • "Like I said, just literally just not ruling it out, but there’s no grand plan right now," he said.

Between the lines: Former President Trump is still hugely popular in the Republican Party and among GOP-leaning voters, and he has signaled he may run again in 2024.

What to else to watch: Kinzinger is also weighing a possible statewide run — either for the Illinois Senate or governor's office — and said he'd likely make his decision by January.

Worth noting: Kinzinger has cited Congress' "heavily rooted" division as a reason for not pursuing re-election.

  • "My desire to make a difference is bigger than it’s ever been," he told the Sun-Times.
  • "My disappointment in the leaders that don’t lead is huge. The battlefield must be broader, and the truth needs to reach the American people across the whole country."
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