Radio talk-show host Larry Elder is considering a 2024 Presidential run to succeed the current Biden administration, outlets reported Monday.
While speaking on the importance of the nuclear family to Republican donors at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition in Des Moines, Elder said he was “kicking the tires” while considering a Presidential run on the Republican ticket in 2024 regardless of former President Donald Trump’s decides to run again, the Des Moines Register reported.
“I don’t feel I’m running against [Trump],” said Elder. “I’m running for president. And I’m not running against anybody on the Republican side. I’m running against Joe Biden if he runs, or Kamala Harris if she runs.”
Elder first threw his hat into the political ring during Democratic Californian Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall effort in 2021. In July of that year, the radio show host announced he would run against the California Governor amongst a growing list of other conservative gubernatorial hopefuls including Republican Californian State Assembly representative Kevin Kiley, Caitlyn Jenner, and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
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Elder led the Republican challengers holding 48.8% of total votes cast among Republican challengers. The radio personality turned gubernatorial hopeful, who made similar statements about campaigning against fellow Republican challengers, previously declined to debate unless Newsom joined the challengers. Newsom survived the recall attempt with almost 62% of Californian voters rejecting the recall.
During the Iowa State Fair in August, Elder claimed he is frequently encouraged to continue his political aspirations for a higher office.
“If I had a nickel for every time somebody said that, maybe I could fund my campaign,” Elder said.
Elder, who dubbed himself “the sage from South Central,” abruptly left his radio program The Larry Elder Show this April after almost 30 years. The Larry Elder Show was hosted by the Salem Radio Network, a division of the Salem Media Group, from 2016 until April. Elder’s decision to leave was reportedly “100% Larry’s decision,” said Salem’s Senior VP of Spoken Word Phil Boyce, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Larry is an icon as a radio talk show host and is a powerful voice as a leading black conservative, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Boyce continued.
Orlando, Florida radio host Carl Jackson indefinitely assumed Elder’s time slot on the network until the company appoints a permanent replacement. Jackson previously substituted on the The Larry Elder Show while Elder campaigned against Newsom in California.
In January, Elder announced he would not seek another gubernatorial run in November and instead declared his intention to help local and federal Republican candidates by launching the Elder for America political action committee (PAC).