Larry Elder, a former nationally syndicated Conservative radio talk show host, who pitched an unsuccessful bid for Governor of California in a recall election last year, is considering running for president.
Elder, who left Salem Radio Network in April after back to his evening show after the September 2021 gubernatorial election, visited the first battleground vying for the highest office, Iowa, and says he was well received by voters, politicians and donors.
“If you’re going to run for president, the Iowa State Fair is kind of a rite of passage,” Elder said in an interview with The daily thread. “So I went there and was very surprised by the warm welcome. I met the governor of Iowa. I met [the] Lieutenant Governor. I have met a number of local politicians and have met some fairly wealthy donors. No one thought that was some weird kind of thing to consider.
Elder has obviously been bitten by the political bug. Even with incumbent Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom not recalled by the citizens of California, Elder was the most popular challenger in the recall election. A late entrant to the race, he quickly raised $22 million and became an instant favorite if a vote to recall Newsom was approved by voters.
“I didn’t think I would like politics,” he revealed. “I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.” Since his bid for governor and the national press that has gone along with it, Elder says he’s been encouraged by the response he’s getting in public.
“I was shocked at how many people knew about the race or recognized me,” he told the Daily Wire. “And I’ve been asked by a number of people, whether they’re from Texas, Florida, Maine, or any of the other states to consider running for higher office. So I started thinking about it. And the more I think about it, the more I think I could very well do it.
Forming the Elder for America PAC with leftover gubernatorial campaign funds, he looks poised to run for the Oval Office, or at least impact whoever the Republican nominee is in 2024. .
“I’m not doing this to move anybody,” Elder said. “I’m not doing it because I think Donald Trump might not show up. I think he will run and I think he can make a very strong case for why he should win the nomination. I think Ron DeSantis might come in,” he continued. “I want to talk about what I think our party doesn’t talk about enough.”
And if he’s not president of the United States, Elder says he would consider a job in the administration if the Republicans can win back the White House.
“I have already been asked this question, would I accept, for example, a post of vice-president? And the answer is I would give strong consideration,” he said. “I would do anything I would help for my country. I always have an obligation to do that.