Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has decided that he won’t run for president in 2024 — making him the first big-name Republican to step aside as former President Donald Trump and others make moves toward running.
The senator has been reaching out to donors, supporters and senior Republicans over the last few days to inform them of his plans, according to two people familiar with his deliberations. Cotton has attributed his decision to family concerns, saying that a national campaign would take him away from his two young sons, who are seven and five years old.
A-ha, that old canard. He’s doing it for the children, and in later years he will blame the kids: “I coulda been a contender!,” Cotton shouted as he was wheeled into the Shady Rest.
Also, too: I think it’s funny that he reached this decision AFTER talking to donors, and not talking to his family.