Pence appears to hint at possible 2024 run in speech

If former President Donald Trump decides to run for the White House again in 2024, he may find himself squaring off for the nomination against his old partner and running mate, former Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence on Tuesday uttered what some have construed as a fairly obvious if still somewhat cryptic hint that he will launch his bid to be the nation’s chief executive in the next presidential election cycle, the Washington Examiner reported.

Hint open to interpretation

The remark signaling the potential for a 2024 showdown between Pence and Trump came as the former Indiana congressman and governor delivered a speech at an event for Young America’s Foundation at the University of Virginia.

According to Fox News, during the question and answer portion toward the end of his nearly hour-long address, Pence was asked by one of the students in the audience, “I was just wondering if you’re planning to run in 2024 for president.”

With a smile, Pence reportedly replied, “I’ll keep you posted.”

Pence provides a preview of prospective policies

The New York Post reported that in addition to that 2024 tease, former VP Pence also touched on a wide range of topics during his address Tuesday at the University of Virginia.

That included issues like “cancel culture” versus free speech, “woke” progressivism, biologically male transgender women unfairly competing against biological females, and President Joe Biden’s horrendously terrible domestic and foreign policies, among other things.

The Post also noted that this isn’t the first time that Pence has seemingly floated the idea of a 2024 run, or at least left a door open to such a possibility, as he did exactly that when pressed on the topic during an interview in March with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.

“All my focus right now is on 2022,” Pence told the Fox host. “I think we have a historic opportunity to reclaim majorities in the House and Senate, to elect great Republican governors around America and, in 2023, I’m confident the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who will be the next president of the United States of America and, at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process.”

Trump and/or DeSantis could be obstacles to Pence’s nomination

Should Pence decide to throw his hat in the 2024 presidential ring, he may find some tough competition standing in the way of his winning the GOP nomination, The Hill reported a couple of weeks ago.

That outlet cited a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll which showed that former President Trump was still the favorite among Republican voters in a hypothetical primary, garnering nearly 60 percent support to be the nominee, with Pence trailing far behind in a statistical tie for second place with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at around 10-11 percent.

That said, even if Trump chose not to run again in 2024, Pence didn’t emerge as the frontrunner but was instead leapfrogged by DeSantis in such a situation, with the Florida governor obtaining 28 percent support while the former VP drew 24 percent support.

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