Former VP Mike Pence to Announce 2024 Presidential Candidacy Next Week: Source

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/01/2023
According to a person familiar with Pence's preparations, the former vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, a Republican, will declare his candidacy for president in 2024 during a rally-style gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, on next Wednesday.

Pence, who served as the previous president's running mate for four years, will go up against other Republicans including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Also anticipated to run next week is Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey.

According to recent polls, Trump is by far the front-runner, with DeSantis in a distant second. Pence, Scott, Haley, and Ramaswamy are all trailing by mid-single digits.

However, the entry of candidates like Scott, Pence, and Christie into the race before and right after DeSantis's entry into the race suggests a lack of confidence in the Florida governor's ability to defeat Trump. The first poll conducted since DeSantis's announcement also reveals that he did not benefit from it. Scott refuted the idea that the campaign was a "two-man race" between Trump and DeSantis during an interview with Breitbart News during his announcement event in North Charleston, South Carolina. It would be more evidence that most Republicans do not think in those terms if Pence entered the race the following week.

In a recent mid-April interview with Breitbart News in his home state of Indiana at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Pence stated that he was "weeks, not months," away from making a decision on 2024. That has come to pass because that interview was next Wednesday, which is less than eight weeks away.

Backstage at the NRA event, Pence told Breitbart News, "Look, I think our country is in a lot of trouble. "My wife and I are still thinking and praying about what our role might be, but I expect we'll have a clearer idea and you'll have a clearer idea in weeks, not months," the vice president said. "When I think about the way the Lord has blessed my family to be a leader in the Congress, to be a governor of a successful state, to be a vice president in a consequential conservative administration."

The source with knowledge of Pence's plans informed Breitbart News that the candidate would make his campaign's first-in-the-nation state its focal point and that Pence will launch on a Wednesday afternoon the following week in Des Moines.

The insider told Breitbart News, "If you listen to Mike Pence speak publicly, he's one of the few candidates talking about the future of our country, and Iowa is the one area standing between that vision and executing it. Making Iowa his starting point seems to be a significant choice.

According to this insider, Pence will naturally fit in when it comes to interacting with Iowa caucus-goers during the coming months because of his strong links to the evangelical Christian community.

According to the source, "Mike Pence and Iowa caucus attendees have a lot in common in terms of principles, values, and faith, and this will be the first of many, many stops and visits to the state."

With more than a dozen trips to the state in the previous two years, Pence has already made a significant effort in Iowa. According to a source with knowledge of Pence's plans, who spoke to Breitbart News, the former vice president will travel to each and every one of Iowa's 99 counties over the coming months in preparation for the caucuses early in the following year.

The insider stated, "The plan is to hit each of Iowa's 99 counties." Nobody else will carry it out. Although many individuals will speak about doing it, no one else will really do it. That is Mike Pence; he doesn't simply speak the talk; he is all action.

While Wednesday's announcement will be a rally, this source said that Pence will move on with "much smaller, intimate, retail politics that Iowans are much more accustomed to," noting that this "allows Pence's authenticity and humour to shine and connect with voters."

The former Vice President will go to New Hampshire shortly after Pence's campaign debut.

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