Here’s what Charlie Baker says about his future political plans


What’s next for America’s most popular governor?

Governor Charlie Baker. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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Perhaps almost as well known as his most popular governorship, Gov. Charlie Baker is, by his own admission, not a type of national politics.

But as the lame-duck Republican prepares to step down from office next month, is an office on the national stage part of Baker’s future ambitions — a presidential race, perhaps? – is questioned again.

Just last week, Baker gave an interview, at his request, to CNN’s Jake Tapper, in which the moderate governor said his party needed to overtake former President Donald Trump. And Baker was also the subject of conversations on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday, earning high ratings and admiration from the show’s panel of hosts.

Earlier this year, Baker also co-wrote a book with his former Democratic chief of staff Steve Kadish. “Results: Going Beyond Politics to Do Important Work” lays out a sort of guide to practical, nonpartisan political leadership.

Yet Baker made it clear again on Sunday that a presidential race, at least in 2024, is not in the cards.

“I think, you know, if I was looking at this point in my career to continue to be involved in public service, I think (the first lady) Lauren and me and Karyn Polito, the lieutenant governor, and her husband , Steve, would have run for another term,” Baker said on WCVB’s “On The Record.” “I certainly plan to be involved in 2024. But I think the likelihood of me being on the ballot in 2024 is quite low.”

Baker actually suggested that much of his recent posts are no different than what he’s been saying for years.

He argued that “the American public is not interested in extremes, that both parties are far too partisan for the vast majority of Americans, that blaming Americans for being divided when they are the parties that spend the most clear of their time dividing people is a bad way to govern”. .”

Asked if he would leave the door open for another bid for public office at some point, Baker said: “I don’t think anyone in public life ever slams anything completely, but I certainly won’t. not… be a candidate in 2024.”

“If I don’t say my wife will be very unhappy,” he joked.

Apparently, Baker isn’t thinking of any other possible candidates for the 2024 presidential election either.

Baker answered several questions about Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political stunt to send migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in September – a move Baker has previously condemned.

Then, co-host Ed Harding asked Baker if he would vote for DeSantis, who is increasingly seen as a possible 2024 candidate for the Republican ticket.

“I’m not even thinking about 2024,” Baker said. “And I really believe that as we head into what will continue to be a very expensive holiday season for most people, they’re not thinking about it either.”


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