Governor Hogan appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the recent election results. Yesterday, Governor Hogan wrote an op-ed in _The Wall Street Journal _arguing that strong Republican performances in Virginia and New Jersey reaffirm that the model for building a successful national coalition is “focusing on the issues that matter to voters” and offering “a hopeful and unifying message for the future.”
Watch Governor Hogan on CNN’s “State of the Union” here.
Governor Hogan on Glenn Youngkin’s Victory: “Terry McAuliffe tried to make it all about Donald Trump. I mean, every time he opened his mouth he talked about Trump. Youngkin tried to focus on solutions to problems. Voters want to hear more about what you want to do for them, rather than what you want to say for or against the former president.”
Governor Hogan on Building a Bigger Tent GOP: “Youngkin did what we did in 2014 and 2018, which was fire up and energize the base while also appealing to suburban voters. It’s not a choice between do you want to turn off the base or do you want to appeal to a broader audience. It’s what I’ve been talking about for more than a year that we have to have a bigger tent. That we have to have a message that resonates with people that are swing voters.”
Governor Hogan on 2022: “If the former President tries to interfere with primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in swing districts and purple states that’s going to hurt…Joe Biden ran as centrist saying he was going to bring the country together. I think that’s why he won, but the out-of-control wokeism and progressive caucus that almost screwed up the infrastructure bill I think is going to hurt him.”
On The Missed Opportunity For President Biden: “I think it could’ve been a much bigger win. I mean, he nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. It should’ve been an overwhelming win back in August, and I think he should not have let it get sidetracked by the progressives in the House. I think that was bad for Joe Biden. I think that was reflected in the election results because, you know, I think they misread the mandate. You know, Joe Biden won a very narrow election by winning swing voters, and they’re not where the progressive caucus is, I can assure you, and the vast majority of Americans are not for this second bill.”