On Monday, a new report indicated that Mike Pence does not rule out the possibility of entering into a confrontation with his former boss, Donald Trump, in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.
Pence said, “We’ll go where we’re called.” The New York Times When asked about the possibility of face-to-face.
That’s how Karen and I have always handled these things.
The former vice president’s flirtation with a potential White House bid was rounded up and put under the microscope in Monday’s report — including appearances on battlefields like Iowa where he touted the successes of the “Trump-Pence administration” but then pitted himself against the former president with his primary endorsement in Georgia.
Meanwhile, though Trump hasn’t officially announced the 2024 bid yet, he has his eyes on the competition — including Pence.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, his spokesperson slammed his old vice president as “desperate” and mocked him for trying to “chase down” his “missing relevance” amid a recent split among his former colleagues over support for separate candidates in the Peach gubernatorial election. .
Speaking to the Times before an April speech in Iowa, Pence declared he was “incredibly proud of the record” he and Trump had in office, and said he and the former president had spent “five years in the hole” together.
But he also seemed to be referring to GOP voters Trump deserted after the Capitol riot last year.
Trump praised Pence as a ‘good man’ in an interview earlier this month, but appears to have taken a backseat as rumors of the 2024 election mount.
“I was so moved to travel around the country people made a point to express their appreciation, it was so gratifying for me,” he said of his refusal to endorse Trump’s plan to overturn the 2020 election.
For his part, the former president appeared to be hardening his rhetoric against his former vice president, whom he called a “good guy” in a separate interview earlier this month.
“Mike Pence was slated to lose the gubernatorial race in 2016 before he was snapped up and his political career saved,” Trump spokesman Taylor Bowditch told DailyMail.com.
Pence, who was the governor of Indiana and the No. 3 Republican member of the House of Representatives during his time in Congress, was chosen for the ticket in an effort to appeal to religious conservatives within the Republican Party.
Trump brought in Pence as vice president in 2016 in an effort to appeal to religious conservatives within the Republican base.
The spokesperson continued, “Now, desperate to chase his lost relevance, Pence parachutes into the races, hoping someone will take notice. The truth is, President Trump has already gone 82-3 with his endorsements, and there is nothing stopping him from saving America in 2022 and beyond.
“I haven’t spoken to him in a long time, and he’s a nice guy,” Trump said of Pence on May 4. He disappointed me about one thing because I think he should have returned votes to the legislatures.
In Georgia, Trump has thrown his political weight behind former Sen. David Perdue. Democratic Sen. John Ossoff defeated Perdue in a runoff just one day before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Perdue was also among GOP lawmakers who endorsed Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Pence’s nominee is incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, who has infuriated Trump by refusing to call off his state’s election count.
Georgia, which elected its first Democrats to the Senate in more than two decades last year, narrowly went to Biden in the 2020 election.
But while Perdue continues to trail Kemp in opinion polls ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Trump has consistently topped polls of likely Republican voters.
The former president is leading his opponents by double digits in multiple polls.
In the latest Conservative Political Action Conference poll, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a distant second, but dominates in a scenario without Trump.
Pence ranks third and second in the polls, respectively.
However, DeSantis has repeatedly refused to discuss his ambitions for higher office, insisting he is interested first and foremost in ruling the Sunshine State — making a name for himself as one of the biggest thorns on President Joe Biden’s side.
Fellow Republican governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire doubted the popularity would help him outside of Florida.
“I know there’s a lot of talk about it on Fox News and things like that nationally or in Florida, but there’s really no talk of it here in New Hampshire,” Sununu, a potential 2024 contender, told the Times.
A new poll conducted over the weekend may overturn that assertion, as well as months of early polling.
Roughly 38 percent of respondents polled at a Republican convention in Wisconsin said they would support DeSantis in 2024.
Trump comes in second with 32% of the vote.
Pence failed to reach even 5 percent support.