Donald Trump: ‘It’s Too Early To Be Discussing Running Mates’

Written by Martin Walsh

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Donald Trump won’t commit to making former Vice President Mike Pence his running mate again, as he teases another run in 2024.

Trump said he has a very good relationship with Pence but made it clear he still thinks the former vice president made a terrible decision on Jan. 6.

Trump is still angry about Pence’s refusal to object to the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6 that certified Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

And Trump has not decided if Pence will run with him again.

“I don’t know, it’s really too soon to tell,” Trump told Fox News on the possibility that Pence could be his running mate.

“But certainly, we had a very good relationship. I was disappointed with Mike on one thing as he understands and some other people understand, but overall, I had a very good relationship with Mike, and he’s a very fine person and a fine man,” Trump added.

Trump has not yet made a decision on a 2024 run but hinted that he may soon make an announcement on the endeavor.

“I’ll make a decision in the not-too-distant future, maybe sooner than people think. And I think they’re going to be very happy,” he said.

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Last week, Pence floated rumors that he would make his own presidential run in 2024.

Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in New Hampshire, Pence said he and Trump have spoken “many times” since leaving office.

But, Pence added, “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day.”

“January 6th was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured,” Pence said.

“And that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of United States. (…) You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years,” he continued.

“And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans,” he added.

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Pence appears to be possibly laying the early groundwork for a 2024 presidential run.

Several prominent Republicans are already being asked about Pence and his chances of running in 2024.

Since leaving office in January, Pence has pieced together a portfolio aimed at maintaining influence.

He’s forged partnerships with the conservative Heritage Foundation, joined the Young America’s Foundation, penned an op-ed for the Daily Signal about the 2020 election, and recently toured a Christian relief organization in North Carolina.

Pence also has discussed writing a book, has been in continuous conversation with his evangelical allies, and plans to spend much of the next two years helping Republican candidates as they try to reclaim House and Senate majorities in 2022.

He’s also planning to launch an advocacy organization that aides and allies say will give him a platform to defend the Trump administration’s record.

Making matters even more bewildering, Pence’s allies claim he’s the “natural Trump heir,” someone who can keep his base engaged while winning back suburban voters.

“Obviously Mike Pence has a very different persona, a very different tone. That probably is an understatement,” said former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“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,” Walker added.