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Presidential contenders visiting early primary states remain tight-lipped about their potential 2024 plans because the 2022 midterms are still a year away.
But one notable name appears to be making some interesting moves.
During an interview on the Christian Broadcast Network, former Vice President Mike Pence spoke with anchor David Brody about his upcoming visit to New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has conducted America’s earliest primary since 1920, so aspiring politicians flock to the tiny northeastern state every presidential cycle. Pence’s upcoming visit has some convinced that Pence has his eyes on a 2024 presidential bid.
Pence also spoke about what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
“On January 6th, I said that I believe there were irregularities about which I was concerned, and I wanted them to have a fair hearing before the Congress,” Pence said. “But from the founding of this nation forward, it’s been well established that elections are to be governed at the state level and that the only role that Congress has is to open and count the electoral votes that are submitted by states across the country. No more no less than that.”
“And in January of 2017, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Bible says in Psalm 15, that he keeps his oath even when it hurts and, on that day, I could relate to that sentiment. But I wanted to keep my oath to the Constitution.”
Pence concluded: “I know in my heart of hearts that on that day, we did our duty, under the Constitution… I don’t know if President Trump and I will ever see eye to eye on that day. Or that many of our most ardent supporters will agree with my decision that day. But I know I did the right thing.”
Pence was asked what happens if Donald Trump enters the 2024 race and if he would choose not to run in that scenario.
Pence did not give a flat-out no.
“You know, David, you and I have known each other a long time, and I will tell you that for right now, my focus is entirely on doing everything in my power to support the conservative cause and win back the Congress and statehouses all across this country in 2022,” Pence said.
“We’ll let the future take care of itself after that, and I promise to keep you posted… And then in the years ahead, I’m confident that our party and our movement will choose the right leaders and the right voices to make our country strong and great once again,” he added.
Donald Trump has not officially announced a 2024 presidential run, but it appears that he may be building a “campaign in waiting.”
Trump insiders have said he’s started the process of considering possible running mates.
“A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party. But with Trump, that’s not the issue. He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him,” said John McLaughlin, one of Trump’s campaign pollsters. “So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”
“They’re all begging me. They all come here,” One adviser, who spoke anonymously with Politico, said Trump told them.
The report from Politico, which is based on information from Trump insiders, suggests a few names are high on the list:
According to the new Politico Article, the following people are high on Trump’s VP Shortlist:
– Mike Pompeo
– Tim Scott
– Marsha Blackburn
– Kim Reynolds
– Kristi Noem
– Mark Meadows
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