Arizona’s outgoing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey offered an implicit rebuke of the direction former President Donald Trump has taken the GOP during Tuesday’s speech at the Reagan Library, warning against leaders of his party who “bully” as well as candidates. Also changed. which are “defined more by their approach than by the policies they propose.”
Ducey, who is serving his second term as governor while serving as co-chair of the Republican Governors Association, was the subject of Trump’s attacks after he turned down the former president’s request to reverse Joe Biden’s narrow victory in Arizona . Without mentioning Trump’s name on Tuesday night, the governor described the GOP as struggling for “direction and purpose” at this juncture, when Trump is still holding onto the loyalties of the base like a swoon and away in several marquees. -Drawer candidates are hand-selected. The midterm races — including Arizona, where Ducey appears to come around to some of those same Trump picks.
The Arizona governor, who has repeatedly rejected attempts by national Republicans to recruit him to the Senate, predicted the GOP would do well in November, but only because he described the Democrats’ “incompetence”. did. Some Republicans have raised concerns that their candidates’ extreme positions on abortion and Trump’s embracing election lies could jeopardize the party’s chances of taking control of the House and Senate in November.
Ducey seemed to take particular aim at Trump’s efforts to stay in power after he lost in 2020.
“It’s worth reminding ourselves, it’s not just about winning elections. It’s about governing with conservative ideals that preserve the American dream and improve the lives of regular Americans,” he said in his speech. .
He argued that “an alarming strain of big government activism” has taken hold in his party and that “many small government conservatives have turned into bullies – people who use government power to tell companies and people that are very comfortable doing how they want to live their lives.”, which, he noted, is a departure from the more traditional Republican embrace of less intrusive government.
He went on to say that “the outspoken corner of conservative politics is defined more by attitude – and anger – than by commitment to a specific set of ideals” and that “a growing section of today’s conservatives are cheering us on and making us happy.” telling – and business – how to live your life as a progressive leftist.”
Ducey argued that Republicans should return to their roots by trying to persuade voters with a commitment to limited government and adopting the attitude of “happy warriors”, suggesting that rhetoric filled with anger and grievance. – a Trump hallmark – is the wrong approach.
“Being a bully is not the way,” he said. “Clearly neither are Royalists. We are a nation that chose the constitution over the king – and it is best that we keep it that way.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unsuccessfully tried to recruit Ducey, who remained popular in Arizona despite his rift with Trump, as the GOP tried to oust Democratic Sen.
Trump taunted Ducey during that time, issuing a statement at one point saying that “MAGA would never accept RINO Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona for the US Senate,” shorthand for “Republican in name only.” using the.
This spring, Ducey joined several other high-profile GOP governors in what became a proxy battle between the GOP establishment and the Trump-led wing of the party in an effort to elevate more mainstream GOP candidates for the midterm elections. Went. He went on the campaign trail in May to endorse Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, along with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as Trump tries to downplay Kemp’s chances of re-election. Were. Kemp, who also downplayed Trump’s calls to reverse Biden’s victory in his state, was a rare Republican nationally up against a Trump-backed primary challenger this year.
Ducey then endorsed Karin Taylor Robson, the Republican candidate to succeed her as governor in Arizona, where she is term-limited, campaigning actively against the Trump-backed candidate Kari Lake, who sparred about the election. echoed the former president’s lies and eventually won the GOP nomination. Ducey told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” before the August primary that Lake was “misleading voters without any evidence” and called Robson a “real conservative.”
But after the Arizona primary, he congratulated Lake in a series of tweets and noted that the Republican Governors Association was already active on the airwaves supporting him as he urged members of his party to come together. Most recently, he endorsed Blake Masters, the Trump-backed GOP candidate for Senate, with an influential statement calling him “fearless against the threats we face today.”