Politics Former Vice President Mike Pence stepping up political involvement with new organization
Trump's heir? Pence reemerges, lays groundwork for 2024 run
WASHINGTON (AP) — When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the Republican Party, he quickly rattled off a list of names, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Conspicuously absent from the list: Mike Pence. The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. He's joining conservativeThe former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. He's joining conservative organizations, writing op-eds, delivering speeches and launching an advocacy group that will focus on promoting the Trump administration's accomplishments.
WASHINGTON – Former Vice Presidenthas a new advocacy organization, the latest move in his to public and political life since leaving office in January.
Pence said he will use his “Advancing American Freedom” group to “build on the success of the last four years” by promoting traditional conservative values and the policies of the Trump administration.
“Conservatives will not stand idly by as the radical left and the new administration attempt to threaten America’s standing as the greatest nation in the world with their destructive policies,” Pence said in a statement.
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The former vice president is tipped for a future run for the White House, and his profile could have a mixed impact.Pence has long been touted as a potential 2024 candidate and after a period of quiet, he looks to be reemerging into the public eye, fuelling more speculation of a bid for the White House.
Specific policies promoted on the group’sinclude defending religious liberty, pushing for trade deals similar to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, completing construction of the “Trump-Pence border wall,” and defending the police.
Pence will deliver hissince the end of the Trump administration on April 29 in South Carolina. He’ll be the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative Christian nonprofit.
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Pence’s strongest base of support is Christian conservatives. Members of his advisory board include: Robert Jeffress, one of Trump’s prominent evangelical supporters; Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America; and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion.
About three in five white evangelicalsby the conservative American Enterprise Institute in February said Joe Biden was not legitimately elected.
That could pose a problem for Pence because former President Donald Trumpfor not trying to block Congress’ acceptance of the electoral count.
Pence did not speak at thein February where he received almost no support in a that asked attendees who they backed for president in 2024.
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It seems four years of toadying to Trump aren’t enough to overcome his “betrayal” on January 6.Then January 6, 2021, happened, when the veep notoriously refused to overturn the Biden-Harris ticket’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Trump repeatedly warned Pence against the “betrayal” involved in refusing POTUS’s demand that he exceed the purely clerical vice-presidential powers laid out in the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
But Pence is expected to be active in the 2022 midterms. Fundraising for his new organization and the political action committee he created while in office could help him maintain ties with conservative donors.
Pence is also keeping up a public profile through the conservative Heritage Foundation, where he is “distinguished visiting fellow,” by joining a speakers bureau and launching a podcast hosted by the Young America’s Foundation.
In March, PenceDemocrats’ voting reform proposals in an for The Daily Signal, a blog affiliated with Heritage Foundation. Writing that he shares the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election, Pence said the contest was “marked by significant voting irregularities.”
A national coalition of election security officials have described the election as “the most secure in American history.” Allegations of voter fraud were dismissed by the courts.
Pence launches conservative political group
Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday announced the creation of a new political advocacy group, his latest step to remain involved in the conservative movement as he plots out his political future.Pence launched Advancing American Freedom, which he said would defend conservative values while opposing the Biden administration's agenda. "Advancing American Freedom plans to build on the success of the last four years by promoting traditional Conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump Administration," Pence said in a statement.
Pence said his new organization will be active at both the state and federal level in proposing conservative policy solutions for economic, foreign policy and constitutional issues.
Other advisors to the group include current and former political leaders, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Sens. Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum.
Former Trump administration officials who back the effort Pence include Larry Kudlow, Kellyanne Conway, Robert Lighthizer, Seema Verma, Russ Vought and Andrew Wheeler.
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