Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder has announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential primary race, joining a growing field of candidates vying for the party's nomination. At 70 years old, Elder is focusing on issues related to border security, crime, and what he calls the "maligning of the police." He plans to rebuke the "disgraceful lie" that the United States is systemically racist. The announcement comes as Elder prepares to speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event this weekend alongside other prominent 2024 GOP presidential candidates such as former President Donald Trump, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
Elder gained significant attention in recent years when he won more votes than any other candidate during an unsuccessful attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021. His entry into an already crowded GOP primary field includes notable figures like former President Trump; Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and Ambassador to the United Nations; conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy; and ex-Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
As a Black man who has made disparaging comments about minorities including women and his own Black community, Elder faces steep competition within this diverse set of Republican contenders. Nevertheless, his strong showing during California's special recall vote demonstrates potential support among conservatives eager for change.
Elder also recently established a political action committee aimed at supporting Republican candidates in federal and local races across America. His policy positions include staunch opposition to gun control measures and abortion rights – even promising anti-abortion activists that he would cut all funding for abortions if elected president while also vetoing any legislation expanding access or rights pertaining to abortion procedures.
Furthermore, Larry Elder believes that minimum wage should be $0 per hour as part of his broader economic vision which emphasizes free-market principles and limited government intervention. As the 2024 race heats up, it remains to be seen whether Elder's bold policy proposals will resonate with Republican voters nationwide.
"I am excited to announce my candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination," said Larry Elder during his announcement speech. "It is time for us to stand up against the lies being spread about our great nation, defend our police officers, and promote policies that protect American families."