On Monday, former vice president Mike Pence will file the required paperwork to formally launch his 2024 presidential bid. Just two years after their time in the White House came to an end with the dramatic U.S. Capitol rebellion and Pence’s flight for safety, this creates the conditions for a prospective challenge against his former employer, Donald Trump.
According to individuals familiar with his preparations, Pence, who served as the 48th vice president of the United States, intends to launch his campaign for the Republican nomination with a video and a kickoff event in Des Moines, Iowa, on his 64th birthday, which falls on Wednesday. He must submit the necessary paperwork to the Federal Election Commission in order to officially declare his candidacy.
Despite the fact that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is consistently polling second and that Donald Trump currently leads the early race for the nomination, Pence’s supporters think there is a chance for a dependable conservative candidate who shares many of the same policies as the outgoing administration but without the ongoing turbulence.
Pence frequently hails the accomplishments of the “Trump-Pence administration,” but if he were to be elected, it would represent a return to ideas that were once identified with the Republican establishment but were largely abandoned as Trump rebuilt the party in his own image. Pence has expressed reservations about the party’s rising populist wave, and according to his advisers, he is the only conventional, Reagan-style conservative running.
Pence is a steadfast conservative who opposes abortion rights and is in favor of a federal ban on the practice. He has advocated for changing Social Security and Medicare, such as raising the eligibility age, to ensure the long-term solvency of these programs—a stance that both Trump and DeSantis have opposed. He has also advocated against policies that affirm transgender rights in schools. Pence has also blasted DeSantis for his heated spat with Disney and stressed the importance of strengthening Ukraine’s defenses against Russian invasion. He has also reprimanded party members for what he sees as their overly accommodative attitudes toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Pence, who describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” has spent the past few months preparing for his projected campaign. In early voting states like Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, he has been actively participating in events, giving policy speeches, touring churches, and courting potential funders.