After leaving the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence has given very little insight into what his future political plans are.
Pence did, in fact, opt-out of speaking at the 2021 CPAC event which may have shown his disconnect with the party at that time.
Now it appears that the former Vice President Mike Pence could be making a political come back, maybe even running for President in 2024.
Mike Pence joined the Heritage Foundation after leaving the Trump administration and has since spent his time writing opinion pieces and giving a few speeches. This could be a HUGE hint for him to move in as a serious contender for the Presidential race in 2024.
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The Chicago Tribune talked a little bit about this situation, especially what this may mean in the eye’s of Donald Trump. Read their report below:
When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the Republican Party, he quickly rattled off names including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Conspicuously absent from the list: Mike Pence…
…Trump’s neglect in mentioning Pence during a podcast interview earlier this month signals the former vice president’s unique challenge. For someone who built a reputation as one of Trump’s most steadfast supporters, Pence is now viewed with suspicion among many Republicans for observing his constitutional duty in January to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration, a decision that still has Trump fuming.
Despite, the liberal rhetoric of the Chicago Tribune, they are not wrong. Donald Trump failed to list Mike Pence as a potential Presidential contender which could hurt Pence in the long run.
Without Trump’s support, Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations could be dead in the water.
“Anybody who can pull off an endorsement of Ted Cruz and become Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee should not be counted out,” Alice Stewart, a Republican strategist and former Ted Cruz aid said.
“He has a way of splitting hairs and threading the needle that has paid off in the past,” Stewart continued in saying.
“I think 2024′s a long time away and if Mike Pence runs for president he will appeal to the Republican base in a way that will make him a strong contender,” Indiana Representative and conservative Jim Banks said.
“If and when Mike Pence steps back up to the plate, I think he will have strong appeal among Republicans nationwide,” Banks added.
However, not including Pence in Donald Trump’s list doesn’t necessarily mean that Donald Trump is completely out of endorsing his former Vice President.
“That was not an exclusive list,” Jason Miller, one of Donald Trump’s aids said in a statement.
“He’s doing what he needs to be doing to lay the groundwork in the event he wants to set up an exploratory committee … You have to make money, lay the groundwork, gauge the support and then pull the trigger,” Stewart also said.
Former Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker also chimed in on the potential of Pence’s career. Check out his statement below:
Obviously Mike Pence has a very different persona, a very different tone. That probably is an understatement … As long as he can still talk about the things that Trump voters care about, but do so in a way that’s more reflective of kind of a Midwesterner, that I think … would be attractive to those voters.”
As Mike Pence begins to reprise his role in politics with subtle moves, many will continue to speculate what Pence has planned next.
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