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In a seemingly possible interest in a 2024 presidential run, former Vice President Mike Pence is stepping up a new office in Washington DC, despite a patchy relationship with former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
According to a CNN report, the two last spoke in April when Trump called Pence to wish him well after undergoing heart surgery.
Those close to the former Vice President are pretty adamant that Pence doesn’t wait to see what Trump does in 2024 and let that determine his own political future.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is hiring for his brand new office in downtown Washington – and is getting closer and closer to a possible run at the White House, even as his standing with former President Donald Trump and his support base deteriorates. https://t.co/ZBezoJ8QUU
– CNN (@CNN) September 17, 2021
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Do things his own way
After serving as Donald Trump’s deputy, Mike Pence appears ready to make his own way forward, regardless of Trump or others.
The CNN report goes on to say that a close aide to Pence said, “Mike is going to look at this and say, ‘Where should I serve?’ This is not foiled by any man or woman. If he feels called to do so, it won’t be because of who else is in the race. “
In addition to the new DC excavations, he has also doubled his staff to around 20 people. Pence also brought back John Fogarty, a leading Republican fundraiser, and office space for his nonprofit Advancing American Freedom.
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Advisors also say Pence is also traveling the country helping Republican candidates. His advisors also say Pence is primarily focused on helping Republicans win back the House of Representatives and other governorships in the 2022 midterm elections.
Mike Pence’s new nonprofit group plans to raise $ 18 million in its first year, an affiliate source tells me. That makes it an impressive vehicle to lay the foundation for a run in 2024 https://t.co/8CTULGQl3F
– Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) September 16, 2021
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GOP candidates help
Despite the way he’s received by some Trump supporters, Pence itself is some kind of fundraising draw. While stopping over in Omaha Nebraska last weekend, Pence met with the parents of Daegan Page, a Marine and one of 13 soldiers killed in troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
He also attended an event hosted by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, which was also attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He was also at a fundraiser for Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), whose district Joe Biden carried in 2020.
Pence has also been to South Carolina to aid Rep. Nancy Mace and twice through Virginia for gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. He has also raised some donations for the Republican National Committee.
However, in the coming months, Mike Pence will make a few more trips that might grab people’s attention, trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
President Biden’s speech yesterday was unlike anything I’ve heard from an American president. To have a president who not only scolds the American people, but scolds governors across the country. . . it’s just not the American way. pic.twitter.com/OrWY2ysTn6
– Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) September 10, 2021
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All roads lead to Iowa
Mike Pence could find himself on a crowded Iowa road for the next few weeks. In a poll in July, Tony Fabrizio, a former Trump pollster, polled 800 registered Republicans, and a few names other than Donald Trump jumped out.
Donald Trump ran away with a 47% poll, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed with 19%. Pence and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley came up with just 3%. Others like Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton came behind Pence and Haley.
Thomas Gift, founding director of the Center for US Policy at University College London, calls this period the “invisible area code” during which many potential candidates conduct internal surveys to assess where they stand.
And besides, Pence does not have to commit to anything at this point and can play the will that he / he will not play until the 2022 election and focus his / her attention and interest on himself.
Mark Shanahan, Associate Professor in Reading University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, put it best.
“Mike Pence considers himself a serious candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, and his recent Heartland public events are a great way to test the waters and see which way the Republican winds are blowing. “
Interesting poll numbers for GOP 2024: Donald Trump: 47%, Ron DeSantis: 19%, Mike Pence: 8%. Without Trump: DeSantis: 39%,
Pence: 15%, Ted Cruz: 7%, Nikki Haley: 4%. H / T lunch policy
– Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) July 19, 2021
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