It Sure Looks Like Mike Pence Wants to Run for President in 2024
Ex-Vice President Mike Pence may have burned his last bridge with former President Donald Trump when he refused to overturn the 2020 election on January 6th, but that is certainly not stopping him from making his own moves toward a potential run for the White House in 2024.
Despite the deep rift Pence carved out with the GOP’s urochrome ringleader, the erstwhile United States Congressman-turned-Republican Indiana governor is meeting with donors and hobnobbing with Republican Party bigwigs.
Politico reported on Tuesday that last week, Pence organized a retreated in swanky Jackson Hole, Wyoming that was attended by benefactors of his newly-minted nonprofit, Advancing American Freedom (for whom though?).
“The retreat was invite-only, with attendees asked to contribute in the six- and seven-figure range, according to a person familiar with the matter. The two-day affair included activities like shooting and horseback riding with Pence and a nature walk with former Second Lady Karen Pence. Organizers expect to host a similar event next year,” wrote Politico.
Imagine that being your fun.
The guest list included familiar and cringeworthy names such as “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy [R-CA], former House Speaker Newt Gingrich [R-SC], and Arizona [GOP] Governor Doug Ducey, the Republican Governors Association chair and a Pence ally. Several top Trump administration officials attended, including former National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Paul Teller, and Kellyanne Conway, a former Pence pollster. Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, also presented,” Politico noted.
Recall that Pence came really close to assuming the presidency when Trump was hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19 in October of 2020. And although Pence has the political clout to be a formidable contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, he would face an enormously difficult path to victory in the Electoral College and he has absolutely no chance of winning the national popular vote.
The soft-spoken, tinsel-topped Pence is a homophobic, science-denying, anti-choice, right-wing religious zealot whom Trump was reluctant to add to the 2016 ticket as his running mate. As governor, Pence left the Hoosier State in disarray and remains deeply unpopular even inside of conservative circles, in spite of Indiana’s crimson electorate.
Whether Pence would survive the primary contests against potential candidates like Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, or Florida’s disastrously inept Governor Ron DeSantis, however, is an open question, which ultimately means that the debates will make for absolutely amazing television.