Former Vice President Mike Pence suggested he might not support his former boss in 2024 and hinted at his own plans for the future. Pence, whose relationship with Donald Trump has become increasingly rocky, dodged the question of who he would support during an appearance at Georgetown University on Wednesday.
When asked if he’d vote for Tump, he said: “Well, there might be somebody else I prefer more.“
He even told the audience “I’ll keep you posted” about a potential 2024 run.
In an apparent snub to Donald Trump, he said the Republican movement cannot be “led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism”, likely a reference to the former President.
When asked whether he would vote for Donald Trump in 2024, Pence made it clear he didn’t believe Trump was the de facto leader of the Republican party.
He said: “I have every confidence that the Republican Party is going to sort out leadership. All my focus has been on the midterm elections and it’ll stay that way for the next 20 days.
“After that we’ll be thinking about the future – ours and the nation’s, I’ll keep you posted.”
While not a declaration that the former Vice President will run, the comments certainly leave him with an avenue to make a bid for the White House.
Pence has also made several stops in early primary states since leaving office, a sign that he could already be courting Republican voters who will choose their presidential candidate before the 2024 race.
Donald Trump is widely expected to run in 2024. However, it appears the former President, who holds major sway over the Party’s base, may have challengers in the primary.
Following the comments, Donald Trump shared a graph from polling firm McLaughlin & Associates on the social media site Truth Social showing his overwhelming support among Republican primary voters, he did not mention Pence.
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The relationship between Donald Trump and his former Vice President is thought to have broken down following the January 6 Capitol riot – when protesters erected gallows outside the Capitol Building and chanted “Hang Mike Pence”.
Pence’s new autobiography titled ‘So Help Me God’ will detail “Trump’s severing of their relationship on Jan. 6, 2021, when Pence kept his oath to the Constitution,” according to publisher Simon & Schuster.
Mike Pence famously reconvened Congress following the riot which certified the results of the 2020 election, a moment he has said he is “proud” of.
His comments on a potential White House run were not the only dramatic moment in his appearance Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
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When Pence took the stage, dozens of students walked out in protest over the former Vice President’s views on reproductive rights..
Some students waved Pride flags while another group displayed a sign which said “reproductive rights are human rights”.
Pence, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said: “It seems to me that having served many years in Washington, leaders in this nation’s capital have never been more out of touch.
“More intent on imposing their agenda or walking out on people that might have a different point of view.”