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Mike Pence Files Paperwork To Run For President

Mike Pence, former Governor of Indiana and former Vice President yesterday filed paperwork setting-up a campaign for the 2024 Republican nomination for President.

ABC News reported Mr. Pence, the nation’s 48th vice president, will formally launch his bid for the Republican nomination with a video and kickoff event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, which is his 64th birthday, according to people familiar with his plans.


While the establishment media has focused on the incongruities in a match-up between former President Trump and his Vice President, movement conservatives see a known quantity and an old friend entering the race.


The establishment media and Trump-focused social media accounts seem to forget why Mike Pence was chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, and it wasn’t because he would be a reliable yes-man for the domineering Mr. Trump.


Mike Pence was chosen to reassure three of the four legs of the old Reagan coalition: cultural conservatives, economic conservatives and national defense conservatives, that their voices would be heard in a populist-oriented Trump administration that was prepared to question and later abandon many of the policies, ideas and individuals who had defined Republican politics for a generation.


In the Republican primary field, as it stands today, Mike Pence is the only traditional, Reagan-style conservative in the race.


Mr. Pence has long described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” has, according to ABC News reporting, spent months laying the groundwork for his expected run, holding events in early voting states like Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, visiting churches, delivering policy speeches and courting donors.


According to Associated Press reports, Pence’s team sees Iowa and its evangelical Christian voters as critical to his potential path to victory. Advisers say he plans to campaign aggressively in the state, hitting every one of its 99 counties before its first-in-the-nation caucuses next year.


The campaign is expected to lean heavily on town halls and retail stops aimed at reintroducing Pence to voters who only know him from his time as Trump’s second-in-command. Pence served for more than a decade in Congress and as Indiana’s governor before he was tapped as Trump’s running mate in 2016.


The former Vice President starts the campaign with a strong team behind him, he is backed by a super PAC, Committed to America, which launched in mid-May and is co-chaired by former Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and veteran GOP consultant Scott Reed. The group’s executive director is Bobby Saparow, who managed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) successful reelection campaign in 2022.


The Hill’s Brett Samuels observed Pence has built strong relationships over the years with evangelical voters, speaking frequently about his faith and issues that resonate with that bloc such as abortion, school choice and religious freedom.


Mr. Samuels reports the former vice president and his team are banking heavily on a strong showing in the Hawkeye State to boost him into the top tier of GOP primary contenders. Pence is well known in Iowa, having visited the state roughly a dozen times in the past year, including as recently as Saturday when he attended Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-Iowa) “Roast and Ride” event.


While Mike Pence is a known and trusted quantity among cultural conservatives his biggest challenge in the primary will be from Trump loyalists, many of whom still blame him for failing to heed Trump’s demands to use an untested reading of the Constitution to send contested slates of Electors back to state legislatures for investigation and certification.



  • 2024 Republican presidential field

  • Donald Trump

  • Ron DeSantis

  • Mike Pence

  • Republican presidential polls

  • Republican debate schedule

  • Republican primaries

  • Republican establishment

  • Evangelical voters

  • Committed to America PAC

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James Bryson
James Bryson
Jun 07, 2023

Are you serious?


Do you think We the people have forgotten your cowardly treason on Jan 6?


Pious and treasonous is abad combo Mike.

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van.snyder
van.snyder
Jun 06, 2023

We don't need another Mitt president.

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When I was in the Air Force, we had a saying that goes: "One aw-sh*t offsets 100 attaboys." Unfortunately for Mike Pence, he committed his one aw-sh*t on January 6, 2021. For me, he's a non-starter.

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Mike M
Mike M
Jun 06, 2023
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Right there with you. As far as I'm concerned he was derelict in his duty to America and the US Constitution. If worse came to worst I guess I'd hold my nose and vote for him. But it would have to be a choice between him and some liberal. Otherwise he can forget about getting my vote.

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dgj
dgj
Jun 06, 2023

The biggest challenge for the pious Mike Pence is that nobody likes him. There was a time when even CHQ was not enthused that Trump picked him for VP. He's even less popular now in the aftermath of 2020. Pence seems to be reveling in his villainy now...he's renounced MAGA. Don't forget how happy he was at Biden's illegitimate inauguration...a day where our country suffered a grievous wound. I don't think he's had anything meaningful to say about Biden's political prisoners. You think you're getting Congressman Mike Pence but you're getting someone completely different. But I understand if this is your horse and you're riding him no matter what. I can relate to that feeling!


By the way, Biden gave…

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Respectfully, CHQ doesn't have a horse in the presidential race... yet. At this point our goal is to keep the conservative movement informed and to do reporting on the pros and cons of all the candidates. Your comments are an important and valued part of that reporting.

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