Former VP Pence leaves door open to possible 2024 run

While most of the attention with regard to 2024 is focused on whether or not former President Donald Trump will run for office again, there are a number of other prospective Republican candidates who could enter the race for the GOP nomination.

One of those is former Vice President Mike Pence, and he just left the door wide open for a potential White House bid during an interview this week with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, The Daily Caller reported.

Asked directly about the impending 2024 contest, Pence demurred and insisted his focus was on the 2022 midterms, but he did say that he would “reflect and consider” with his family a possible presidential run once the midterm cycle had concluded.

Focused on 2022, but will “reflect and consider” 2024 later

According to Fox Business, Bartiromo concluded the interview with Pence by asking him if he was interested in a “leadership” role with the Republican Party going forward and if he wanted to see former President Trump run again.

“All of my focus right now is on 2022,” Pence replied. “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,” he continued.

“But now more than ever, with war in Europe and with an administration seemingly intent on weakening our country, driving our nation toward a European-style welfare state, we need strong Republican majorities on Capitol Hill and strong Republican governors and that’s what we are going to work to achieve,” the former VP added.

Fox noted that the response from Pence to Bartiromo’s question was remarkably similar to what he had told the network during an interview in December, when he had insisted that he was “completely focused on 2022” and had added at that time, “And come 2023, we’ll do as our family has always done. We’ll reflect and pray and consider where we might next serve.”

Taking swipes at his old boss

The possibility of a clash for the GOP nomination in 2024 between Trump and Pence can’t be entirely ruled out, especially after the former VP appeared to take some subtle swipes at that former president during an address to GOP donors last week, according to the New York Post.

Referencing seemingly positive remarks Trump had made about Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Pence had told the donors that “there is no room in this party for apologists for Putin.”

“Elections are about the future,” he had added, likely in reference to his dispute with Trump over the outcome of the 2020 contest. “My fellow Republicans, we can only win if we are united around an optimistic vision for the future based on our highest values. We cannot win by fighting yesterday’s battles, or by relitigating the past.”

It will be interesting to see if both Pence and Trump throw their hats in the 2024 ring once the midterm elections have concluded, and whether the early polls showing Trump with a commanding lead over all potential primary challengers will hold up over time.

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