Larry Hogan says he decided to run for Senate when Republicans killed the border bill

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WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday that he decided to tally for his state's Senate spot this twelvemonth erstwhile Senate Republicans precocious killed nan bipartisan separator measurement aft erstwhile President Donald Trump told them to artifact it.

"It's why I decided to tally for Senate," Hogan, a mean Republican and Trump critic, said successful an question and reply pinch MSNBC Live's Luke Russert astatine nan network's inaugural unrecorded arena successful downtown Washington.

"Actually, I had ne'er fixed immoderate information to this race," Hogan said. "I'd said 100 times I didn't aspire to go a senator. I didn't request a job. I wasn't looking for different title, but 3 weeks agone connected a Wednesday night, erstwhile I saw a existent solution to unafraid nan separator and supply backing for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan — thing that astir of nan Republican senators had said was, each those things were important, and they were told to ballot against what they believed successful — it made maine disappointment and angry capable to say, I deliberation I'm gonna spell down location and effort to do thing astir this."

Republicans blocked nan separator bill, whose main GOP negotiator was Sen. James Lankford, of Oklahoma, successful early February.

Asked if he's amazed that Senate Republicans haven't been supportive of Ukraine, Hogan said that he doesn't understand this "new strain of isolationism successful nan Republican Party." He warned that if nan U.S. doesn't thief Ukraine now, it's going to put Americans successful a overmuch worse situation, adding that he besides doesn't understand nan "Putin sympathizers" successful nan GOP.

"I deliberation if we don't do thing to thief Ukraine correct now, past we're going to beryllium forced to nonstop American soldiers because we're going to beryllium defending NATO countries," he said.

Hogan said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said past week that he's stepping down from his activity role successful November, didn't thief enlistee him to run. He said Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who chairs nan National Republican Senatorial Committee, put connected a "full tribunal press" and had a twelve aliases truthful senators telephone him. Former Vice President Mike Pence besides called him, he said. But he said it was a erstwhile president who yet persuaded him to participate nan race.

"Probably nan astir convincing feline was George Bush, who called maine and said that he thought that I had an important sound that was needed for nan party," Hogan said. "He thought that location was a missing sound for our statement to get backmost connected way to nan much Reagan-esque bigger-tent party. And he said, you know, moreover though you astir apt don't want to beryllium a senator, we request you."

Hogan launched his run connected Feb. 9 and instantly became nan front-runner for his party's information to capable nan spot held by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who's retiring from Congress. The Democratic candidates see Rep. David Trone, D-Md., and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.

Rebecca Shabad

Rebecca Shabad is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News based successful Washington.