The Republican nominee running for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado said on Sunday he would work to ensure former President Donald Trump does not win another term.
Joe O’Dea said Trump should have acted more decisively to end the violence on January 6, 2021 and called for anyone responsible for events on that day to be held accountable.
Asked if the violent insurgency on the US Capitol should disqualify Trump from running in 2024, O’Dea said the former president should stay out of the race.
“I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure we have four or five really good Republicans right now,” O’Dea told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
O’Dea said Republicans like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) could win two consecutive terms as president.
“I’m going to do my job as a US senator to make sure they have good campaigns in the primary here so we have a good selection of candidates for 2024,” O’Dea told CNN’s Dana Bash.
O’Dea is running as a somewhat moderate Republican in the November midterm elections, hoping to unseat incumbent Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.).
Bennett leads O’Dea in the polls, with polling aggregation site FiveThirtyEight projecting a 7.9-point advantage as of Tuesday.
Democrats tried to bolster O’Dea’s main opponent, State Rep. Ron Hanks, an election denier who had also participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, spending millions on ads.
The Jan. 6 committee voted on Thursday to subpoena Trump to testify.
“We need to request testimony, under oath, from the key player on January 6,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the panel’s vice chair, said during the hearing.