Former Vice President Mike Pence appears to be set on winning the 2024 Republican nomination. This is according to sources saying he intends to launch his campaign next month.
In a report by Newsmax, Pence originally held reservations about leaping into the Republican primaries. However, he appears to be bent on taking a chance after discussing the matter with a prominent GOP donor.
Pence’s numbers in the current GOP primary lag extensively with only 0.5% of Republicans supporting his run. He is tying with Vivek Ramaswamy, while Trump carries over 60% and DeSantis holds 19%.
60% of potential Republican primary voters back former President Donald Trump’s bid for the 2024 GOP nomination, giving him his largest lead yet over his current and potential rivals since we began tracking the race in December. https://t.co/4CBfh5gVos pic.twitter.com/gmKheiH6yB
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The entry of Pence into the race would mark a moment of political tension between himself and his former compatriot Donald Trump after his comments at the Gridiron Dinner.
The former vice president stated before an audience of politicians and journalists, “Trump was incorrect… his careless words jeopardized my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I understand history will hold Donald Trump responsible.”
Prior to his announcement next month, Pence has been traveling to Iowa and speaking to numerous conservative organizations, such as the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition and the Cincinnati-based Center for Christian Virtues.
He later had a stop in Concord, New Hampshire.
Former VP Mike Pence got booed at the NRA Convention in Indiana, his home state. pic.twitter.com/FC3JeGrtKT
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So far, the reaction to Pence running has met with less enthusiasm from conservatives and his appearance at the NRA Convention in Indiana was booed.
Leaks from Pence’s speech this coming Friday at Freedom Works’ Restore Liberty in Florida will feature him advocating that the GOP resist the temptation and “lure of populism unmoored to timeless conservative values.”
Further, Pence plans to call the upcoming primary a “conflict of visions” and call on Republicans to rally behind traditionalist conservatism and stand with Ukraine.
In a possible reference to Trump, Pence criticized his focus on 2020. “Candidates focused on the past, on litigating the last election, did not do well,” the former vice president asserted.This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.