Sen. Tom Cotton: ‘Family was really the only consideration’ in his decision not to run for president in 2024

EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas says that “family was really the only consideration” in his decision not to search the presidency in the upcoming 2024 White House race.

“This is not the right time for our family for me to commit to a six-to-seven day a week campaign for the next two years,” Cotton informed Fox News in his first interview since the information broke on Sunday that the senator from Arkansas took himself out of the operating for 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Cotton, a rising star in the GOP and Army veteran who served in fight in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, had been reaching out to donors, supporters and aides in current days to inform them that he would not launch a presidential marketing campaign. Cotton’s information, first reported by Politico and confirmed by Fox News, makes him the first main potential Republican 2024 White House contender to announce they’re stepping apart.

The 45-year-old senator and his spouse Anna are the mother and father of two younger boys.


Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaks with Fox News Digital in Carrollton, Georgia, after teaming up with GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker at a marketing campaign occasion, on Oct. 11, 2022.
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“My boys are age seven and five. They’re old enough to know that dad’s gone and be sad about it but not old enough to understand the purpose and why it all matters and why the sacrifice is worth it,” Cotton defined. “I am pretty sure Republican voters can find another nominee, but I know that my sons can’t find another dad for the next two years.”

Additionally, the senator famous that “over the next two years my seven-year-old will learn to hit the fastball and my five-year-old will learn to read, and I want to be there to teach them both.”

However, Cotton is leaving the door vast open to a future White House run, emphasizing “this is a decision only about this 2024 race and this time for my family. We’ll make a decision about future races in the future, especially as my boys get older and understand more about why I do the work I do and what it means for them and for our country.”


“I’m just closing the chapter on the 2024 race right now and looking forward to continuing to work in the Senate with the new Republican majority and watching the 2024 race unfold and hoping we take back the White House,” Cotton added.

Cotton has made quite a few stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – the first 4 states to maintain contests in the GOP presidential nominating calendar – the previous year and a half, as he’s crisscrossed the nation campaigning on behalf of fellow Republicans operating in the midterm elections.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas sits down for an interview with Fox News at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, in Goffstown, N.H. on Dec. 3, 2021.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas sits down for an interview with Fox News at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, in Goffstown, N.H. on Dec. 3, 2021.
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The senator met in June with high donors and advisers at the Hay Adams Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Sources attending that meeting confirmed to Fox News that Cotton mentioned he would not defer to some other potential candidate — together with former President Trump — when it comes to his personal decision about launching a nationwide marketing campaign. He was additionally planning a post-midterms retreat with high donors, advisers and aides at a Virginia retreat, which was seen as a transfer in direction of launching a White House bid.

Trump has repeated teased a White House run for over a year and a half. Sources in the former president’s political orbit informed Fox News on Friday {that a} potential 2024 announcement may presumably occur throughout the week beginning on Monday, Nov. 14 — only a week after the midterms, however the sources warning that issues are “fluid.”


When requested if the growing probability a Trump 2024 marketing campaign was an element in his decision, Cotton reiterated that “family was the only consideration as my wife and I reflected and prayed on the matter the past few months.”

Former President Trump greets supporters before speaking at a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Former President Trump greets supporters earlier than talking at a rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Sioux City, Iowa.
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When requested if he would help Trump if the former president determined to launch a 3rd presidential marketing campaign, Cotton answered, “I’ll back the Republican nominee” and added that “for the moment as I close the 2024 chapter for myself, I anticipate focusing on my work in the Senate and letting the campaign unfold on its own dynamic.”


Cotton mentioned his present plan is to run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2026 however mentioned he’d think about a cupboard position if a Republican wins again the White House in 2024.

“Under the right circumstances, if a Republican president asked me to consider such a job, I’d of course consider it any time a president asks one to serve the nation,” Cotton mentioned. “But for the time being in the foreseeable future, I’m grateful for the people of Arkansas to have trusted me to represent them in the United States Senate and I love working for them every day and look forward to continue doing so.”

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