Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has submitted the documents for a 2024 presidential bid. The former deputy of ex-President Donald Trump submitted the official “statement of candidacy” to the Federal Elections Commission in Washington on Monday, according to the agency’s website. The arch-conservative is expected to officially announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday in the US state of Iowa – if he is, he will duel with ex-US President Donald Trump
The 63-year-old, who turns 64 on Wednesday, is challenging his former boss Trump in the battle for the party’s nomination. Pence has been considering a presidential bid for some time.
Far behind, according to polls
The former governor of the US state of Indiana is currently in third place, far behind Trump and Florida governor Ron DeSantis, according to polls on the Republican candidate field. According to the specialist website FiveThirtyEight, the evangelical Christian and anti-abortion opponent currently averages 5.4 percent in the survey. Trump comes out at about 54 percent and DeSantis at about 21 percent.
Pence was a staunch Trump deputy in the White House from 2017 to 2021. The storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, during which angry Trump supporters chanted “Hang Mike Pence”, among other things, led to a rift between the two Republicans.
Target of angry Trump attacks
At the time, as requested by Trump, Pence refused to stop Congress from confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election. He became the target of angry attacks from Trump.
“His reckless words endangered my family and everyone in the Capitol that day,” Pence said of Trump in March. “And I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
Trump himself wants to return to the White House
Trump announced last November that he wanted to retake the White House in the November 2024 presidential election. In the months that followed, former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, African-American senator Tim Scott, the former governor of the southern Arkansas state Asa Hutchinson, and then, in May, Florida Governor DeSantis all joined the ranks.
The Republican primaries for the November 2024 presidential election will begin early next year, traditionally starting in the Midwestern state of Iowa. The winner of the Republican primary will face President Biden, who is running for re-election.
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