Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Tuesday he would not run for president in 2024.
During an evening interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, Hawley shot down the idea of seeking the Republican nomination.
"I've always said, Maria, that I'm not running for president," Hawley said. "It's a privilege to represent the state of Missouri in the U.S. Senate. I just got elected barely two years ago. There's a lot of a work to do, and I look forward to continuing to fight for Missouri every day that I can."
Earlier in the day, Hawley answered another reporter who also asked if the senator would be running for president.
"No, I'm not running," Hawley said in the Capitol, according to Business Insider.
The senator did not elaborate at that time. His office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
Hawley, 41, was elected to the Senate in 2018 and will be up for reelection in 2024.
It had been assumed widely Hawley would seek the country's highest office after drawing national attention since being elected to the chamber.
He stood up to big tech in June 2019, when he proposed a bill that would have required social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter "to prove to the FTC by clear and convincing evidence that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral."
Hawley also received much criticism for objecting to Electoral College results in Pennsylvania in the late evening of Jan. 6, just hours after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
As a result, book publisher Simon & Schuster canceled its book deal with Hawley.
Democrat colleagues have filed an ethics complaint against him, claiming Hawley "lent legitimacy to the mob's cause and made future violence more likely."
Hawley filed a counter-complaint Monday against the seven Senate Democrats who had filed a complaint against him and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, over the their objections to the electoral results of the 2020 presidential election.
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