BOSTON — The four governors meeting in Boston this week to talk traffic had much less to say when asked Tuesday about next year's presidential election.
Gov. Charlie Baker hosted fellow Republican Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, for a transportation infrastructure summit at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. During a media availability, a question about whether the trio of popular GOP governors was ready to offer any endorsements in what's now a three-way race in their party's presidential primary was met mostly with deflections.
Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh has jumped into the race, joining former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld in challenging President Donald Trump from within the Republican Party.
Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association, responded first, telling reporters, "You should probably talk to the governor of New Hampshire, he comes up first."
"Apparently, I'm the only one that knows who's gonna win," Sununu said, drawing laughs.
Baker, standing between Hogan and Sununu, repeated the rationale he used in explaining his choice to stay out of the 2016 general election, when he did not vote for either Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"I have a very busy and complicated day job, and that's been my focus and it's going to stay my focus," said Baker, who has occasionally been critical of Trump and served in Weld's administration during the 1990s.
Hogan then chimed back in to say, "The good news for me is, as chairman of the National Governors Association, I get to be a non-partisan governor representing Democrats and Republicans, and I don't get involved in primary fights."
Baker, Hogan, and Sununu are respectively the top three most popular governors in the country, according to Morning Consult's most recent approval rankings.
Raimondo, a Democrat, said no when asked if she had a favorite in the race.