Former Vice President Mike Pence will visit New Hampshire (the state which has hosted the first presidential primary for almost a century) early next month.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Pence will speak at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party. Fox was the first network to report on the former vice president’s attendance at the event, which will actually occur in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday.
What are Pence’s Ambitions?
While in New Hampshire, Pence is also speaking at a Heritage Action rally opposing increased taxes. Earlier in the year, the former vice president was named a distinguished guest fellow at the Heritage Foundation, one of the Republican Party’s longest-running and most powerful think tanks.
The former vice president’s visit to New Hampshire would be his second this year. Pence gave a very strong address at the Hillsborough County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Day luncheon in June. During this time, he was stopped many times by uproarious applause.
When Kamala was being interviewed by George Stephanopolous, it was all she could do to keep from bursting out laughing. She almost gave in and went into one of her giggling spells. I'm glad Mike Pense didn't have giggling fits.
— Diane Robinson (@Ladydiane72) November 18, 2021
Pence also made stops in South Carolina, which polls third in the GOP primary/caucus schedule, and Nevada (which votes fourth) earlier in the month.
As he traverses the country to support Republican friends competing in the 2022 elections, the excursions to early voting candidate primary/caucus states will fuel suspicion that Pence is preparing for a 2024 White House run.
The New Hampshire event will assist Republicans with gathering campaign funds as they develop resources to maintain their 14-10 Majority in the Senate during next year’s elections.
Conservatives reclaimed majorities in both Houses of the legislature; these are majorities they lost in the 2018 elections, partly thanks to GOP Gov. Chris Sununu’s overwhelming reelection victory in 2020.
If Trump Runs, Will He Clash with Pence?
Former President Trump, Pence’s previous boss, hinted he would compete for the White House again in 2024. However, the prospect of Trump running again does not appear to be preventing Pence from beginning his own candidacy.
Trump remains extremely popular among Republican supporters and wields significant power over Republican leaders.
Come on Mike Pense, as a guy that would mimic every move the president made, down to fiddling with the water bottle exactly, do you lust in your heart to return the settlement, isn't it “common sense” for your supporters to chant “Hang TFG!”? https://t.co/oNT9xYMZeu
— Norm Clark (@Normsmusic) November 12, 2021
Whereas the former vice president remained quiet about his political aspirations in public, Pence promised “we’re going to be winning back this country in 2024” during an address to the Conservative Jewish Coalition.
While Pence frequently honors the past president and highlights the Trump-Pence government’s achievements, he also highlighted his disagreements with his predecessor.
As per a GOP insider at the gathering, Pence declared in an address Tuesday night at the Republican Leadership Association’s annual convention that he would back incumbent leaders.
GOP Gov. Brad Little of Idaho, who is vying for election next year, was one of those seated alongside Pence who listened to the former vice president’s remarks. Trump endorsed Conservative Lt. Gov. Janice McGreachin, who is opposing Little in next year’s race, just a few days ago.