March 19, 2024

Cassidy Turns Down Run as No Labels Presidential Candidate

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) clarified in a Sunday interview that he is not pursuing a presidential candidacy on a third-party ticket alongside the political organization No Labels.

During an appearance on NBC News's "Meet the Press," Cassidy dismissed suggestions that he was a serious contender to join a bipartisan ticket with No Labels, a group aiming to secure ballot access for a centrist ticket yet to be determined.

The organization has proposed this initiative as an alternative to former President Trump and President Biden, the presumed nominees of the two major parties.

"I'm not," Cassidy affirmed when directly asked if he is running on a No Labels ticket.

"I was never seriously considered to be their candidate. It was reported in the press otherwise, but I was never seriously considered... The answer is not," Cassidy clarified.

Despite his reputation as a lawmaker capable of bipartisan cooperation, Cassidy explained his concerns about Social Security solvency.

The senator also noted the lack of substantial plans from either Trump or Biden to address the issue may have led to his name being mentioned in discussions regarding No Labels.

"On the other hand, the very fact that No Labels did, that was floated, I will say has a certain rationale to it. People at No Labels actually want answers to serious problems in our country. And right now, neither candidate is actually offering serious solutions," Cassidy remarked.

"So the very fact that I speak about that means that, wait a second, this might be somebody whom we would consider. Because this person is talking about serious, serious answers to serious problems," he elaborated.

"Cassidy, one of the few Republican senators who voted to convict Trump when he was impeached in 2021, also blasted the former president for saying he would be willing to 'free' some of those who have been convicted of crimes committed at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021," according to NBC News.

The announcement leaves the No Labels ticket without a clear candidate as Biden and Trump head for a rematch in the November election.

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