Sununu sidesteps question on running for president in 2024

New Hampshire Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuDemocrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to Senate for Biden spending plan Sununu sidesteps question on running for president in 2024 MORE (R) on Sunday sidestepped a question on any presidential ambitions in 2024, saying he is focused on his work in the Granite State.

Asked by co-host Dana BashDana BashDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks Democrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he is considering a bid for the White House, Sununu said he will “see what the future brings.”

“Now, people have asked me about that. And I have got to win in '22. I still have an election and earn the votes of the people in New Hampshire in 2022, serve a couple years,” said Sununu, who announced earlier this month that he would pass on a bid for the Senate next year to instead run for reelection in New Hampshire.

“We will see what the future brings. But there is a lot to do and a lot to not just push back with Washington, but a lot to implement here. Being governor is one of the most challenging jobs you can ever imagine. You got to be on 24/7. But I have the opportunity to do things, a dozen different things every single day that impact people's lives,” he added.

Sununu said his job as chief executive of the Granite State is “incredibly fulfilling,” adding that “that’s the job I’m focused on.”

Bash, however, noted that the governor had largely evaded the question regarding a potential future in Washington.

“I want to let the record reflect that you did not say 'no,' ” Bash said.

“There you go,” Sununu responded.

Sununu’s announcement earlier this month that he would not challenge Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanConservative group targeting Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto in multi-million-dollar ad blitz Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Constant threats to government funding fail the American public MORE (D) next year upset many Republicans who viewed the GOP governor as their best chance to flip the seat.

“You can just get so much more done as a governor,” Sununu told Bash on Sunday regarding his decision to run for reelection.