Former Vice President Mike Pence re-emerged on the political scene this week with a pair of announcements signaling his next moves.
In a statement on Wednesday, Pence confirmed that he had signed a two-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, one of which will be his autobiography, Breitbart reported. He also confirmed the establishment of a new political advocacy group, the Advancing American Freedom PAC.
“Grateful to have the opportunity”
The news has triggered speculation that Pence is preparing the groundwork for a possible 2024 presidential bid, but neither he nor his top aides have confirmed any such ambitions.
Simon & Schuster issued a press release regarding Pence’s as-yet-untitled autobiography, which is expected to be released in 2023 and will tell “the story of Pence’s faith and public service,” from his roots in Indiana to the nation’s capital and all the “pivotal moments” in between.
In his own statement, Pence said that he is “grateful to have the opportunity” to share his story in the form of the forthcoming book.
“I look forward to working with the outstanding team at Simon & Schuster to invite readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington, D.C.,” he added.
An anonymously sourced media report indicated that the publishing deal is expected to net between $3 million and $4 million for the author.
“Build on the success of the last four years”
As for the new political action committee, the Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday that the Advancing American Freedom PAC received a prelaunch endorsement from Pence’s ex-boss, former President Donald Trump.
The goal of that endeavor appears to be merging traditional conservatism with the right-wing populism embodied by Trump and other prominent Republicans.
Pence said that the committee “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,” insisting that Americans on the right “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.”
Trump has signaled his support for the new PAC, calling his presidency the “most successful first term in American history” and sharing his pleasure at seeing “Mike highlighting some of our many achievements!”
Pence is set to remain quite busy in the foreseeable future with an autobiography to write, an advocacy group to run, and other prominent roles ahead of next year’s midterm elections. It remains to be seen whether these plans represent an extension of his public-service record or preparations ahead of his own White House bid.