With a Trump ‘Atta-Boy,’ Pence Creeps Back Onto Political Stage
In the clearest sign yet that he gearing up for a run for the presidency, former vice president Mike Pence on Wednesday announced the launch of a new policy and advocacy group called Advancing American Freedom. A statement announcing the group stated it will “promote the pro-freedom policies of the last four years that created unprecedented prosperity at home and restored respect for America abroad, to defend those policies from liberal attacks and media distortions, and to prevent the radical Left from enacting its policy agenda that would threaten America’s freedoms.”
Pence has been noticeably quiet since the end of Donald Trump’s term in office. His last significant personal appearance was at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January. Pence’s first public speech is scheduled to be at the ultra-conservative Palmetto Family Council’s annual fundraiser later this month in South Carolina, a key early primary state.
Advancing American Freedom’s messaging previews the pitch Pence may make to GOP voters during presidential primary season: that he’s the person who can carry on the Trump message. In his typically Trumpian fashion, the twice-impeached, one-term president issued a kind-of, sort-of statement of support of Pence’s move to the Washington Examiner while patting himself on the back, saying, “It was the most successful first term in American history. Nice to see Mike highlighting some of our many achievements!”
Marc Short, who was Pence’s chief of staff, will serve as the group’s co-chair. He told Fox Business Wednesday morning, “Mike Pence is looking to chair this new organization in a direction that continues to fuse those different parts of our movement together because that’s a winning formula.”
The group’s advisory board includes a slew of former Trump administration officials and allies including Kellyanne Conway, Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista, Larry Kudlow, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.