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Former Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that he’s open to running against Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.
“We’ll go where we’re called,” Pence told The New York Times in an interview published on Monday but was conducted last month.
“That’s the way Karen and I have always approached these things,” he added, saying they will pray about the decision.
Pence declared he was “incredibly proud of the record” he and Trump had in office, saying that he and the 45th president spent “five years in the foxhole” together.
“I have been very moved traveling around the country how much people have made a point to express appreciation, it has been very humbling to me,” Pence said when asked about the 2020 presidential election.
Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told the NYT that Pence is “desperate to chase his lost relevance.”
“The reality is, President Trump is already 82-3 with his endorsements, and there’s nothing stopping him from saving America in 2022 and beyond,” he added. “Mike Pence was set to lose a governor’s race in 2016 before he was plucked up and his political career was salvaged.”
The rupture is complete
Pence tells me he’s open to running v Trump in ‘24 – will go “where we’re called” – and heads goes to Ga today to join ranks against Trump’s vengeance tour
Trump spox says Pence is “desperate to chase his lost relevance”https://t.co/iLfQN0eFvA
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) May 23, 2022
Trump seemed to suggest back in March that he will not choose Pence as his running mate if he runs for president in 2024.
During an interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump spoke about Pence and a possible third run at the White House.
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump said.
Trump cited the aftermath of the 2020 election, suggesting his differences with Pence were too stark to overcome.
“Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,” Trump said. “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”
“I was disappointed in Mike,” Trump added.
Trump has also been dropping hints about running for the White House in 2024.
During an interview on the “Full Send Podcast,” which has been taken down by YouTube for allegedly “violating rules,” Trump spoke about Joe Biden, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, what’s going on in America under Biden, and whether he will be running for president again.
“The question is, Don, you’ve hinted at it,” host Bob Menery began. “Are you coming back and gonna run for President of the United States?”
“The campaign finance laws don’t really allow you to discuss that unless you’re going to literally go through a different process,” Trump replied. “So, I think a lot of people are going to be really happy. You guys might be really happy but I think a lot of people are going to be very happy. But, I’ll wait.”
During his keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump dropped another hint.
In a well-received speech, Trump fired verbal salvos at President Joe Biden and his administration amid a growing crisis in Ukraine following an invasion late last week by tens of thousands of Russian troops, while promising to help restore Republicans to power in the November midterms and in 2024.
“The socialists, globalists, Marxists, and communists who are attacking our civilization have no idea of the sleeping giant they have awoken,” Trump said Saturday evening.
“But they’re going to find out the hard way, starting on Nov. 8, and then again, even more so in November 2024, they will find out like never before. We did it twice and we’ll do it again. We’re going to be doing it again a third time,” he vowed.
“The radical Left has tried to replace American democracy with woke tyranny,” Trump said. “Our mission in 2022 and in 2024 is to take on this radical and power-hungry ruling class and to deliver them an electoral defeat.”
“I have no doubt that President Putin made his decision to ruthlessly attack Ukraine only after watching the pathetic [United States military] withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Trump added.
“Yesterday, reporters asked me if I thought President Putin was smart. I said: ‘Of course he’s smart.’ … “The problem is not that Putin is smart, which of course he’s smart. But the real problem is that our leaders are dumb,” he said.
“Getting out was a good thing. I had it down to two thousand soldiers,” Trump said, referring to his decision while president to reduce the U.S. presence in the southwest Asian country. “We were going to get out with strength and dignity, but to take the soldiers, the great Army out first— we took our Army and Marines—we took them out first to do that and leave the Americans behind, leave other people behind, leave $85 billion worth of equipment behind.”