Burgum, Christie, and Pence announce their presidential campaigns

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Three new noteworthy candidates announced 2024 presidential campaigns in the past week. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) officially announced his candidacy on June 6, while former Vice President Mike Pence (R) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) officially announced their candidacies on June 7. 

There are now three noteworthy Democrats and 11 noteworthy Republicans running for president.

Below is a summary of each candidate’s campaign activity from May 31 to June 7.

  • Joe Biden (D) commented on his signing of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 on June 4. The Democratic National Committee and Building Back Together, a group supporting Biden, released ads about his handling of the negotiations.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (D) participated alongside Elon Musk and other guests in a live-streamed conversation on Twitter on June 5. Kennedy also campaigned in New Hampshire on June 1, where he spoke before the New Hampshire Senate, and visited Yuma, Arizona, on June 7.  
  • Marianne Williamson(D) wrote an op-ed for Newsweek titled “Debate Us, Mr. President,” on May 31. 
  • Doug Burgum (R) announced his presidential campaign on June 7 at an event in Fargo, North Dakota. 
  • Chris Christie (R) announced his presidential campaign on June 6 at an event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
  • Ron DeSantis (R) campaigned in South Carolina on June 2 and visited Sierra Vista, Arizona, on June 7. Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt endorsed DeSantis on June 6.
  • Nikki Haley (R) participated in a CNN Town Hall on June 4. At the event, Haley commented on issues including the war in Ukraine, Medicare, and social security. Haley also spoke at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, Connecticut, on May 31. 
  • Asa Hutchinson (R) participated in a televised WMUR town hall on May 31, and campaigned in Indianola, Iowa, on June 2. 
  • Mike Pence(R)announced his candidacy on June 7 at an event in Ankeny, Iowa. 
  • Vivek Ramaswamy (R) campaigned in New Hampshire on June 1 and 2, and attended an event in Garrett County, Maryland, on June 5. On June 4, Ramaswamy commented on the war on Ukraine during an interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz. 
  • Tim Scott (R) wrote an op-ed for Fox News titled “America is a land of opportunity, not a land of oppression,” published on June 1. On June 2, Scott campaigned in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and on June 7, he released a new ad set to air in Iowa. Also, on May 31, Scott said he would vote against the the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. 
  • Donald Trump (R) released a policy memo on drug policy on June 1. That same day, he campaigned in Urbandale, Des Moines, and Grimes, Iowa, and participated in a televised Fox News town hall. On June 6, Trump released an ad criticizing Biden and Democratic members of Congress, among other government officials. On June 7, Politico reported that 50 members of the West Virginia Legislature signed a letter endorsing Trump.

In addition to the events above, DeSantis, Larry Elder (R), Haley, Hutchinson, Pence, Ramaswamy, and Scott attended a Roast and Ride event organized by Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 3.  

At this point in the 2020 cycle, 26 noteworthy candidates were running for president. Twenty-four were seeking the Democratic nomination, and two (Trump and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld) were seeking the Republican nomination.

Notable stories at the time included fourteen Democrats speaking at the California Democratic Party state convention between May 31 and June 2, and former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announcing he would not run for president on June 1. 

In the 2016 election, 14 noteworthy candidates had announced their campaigns as of June 7, 2015. There were four Democrats and 10 Republicans.

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