Mike Pence, the former Vice President, is back in New Hampshire. The first presidential primary has been held in New Hampshire for more than 100 years.
Former vice president Pence’s primary purpose was to support fellow GOP politicians during the 2022 election. There is speculation that Pence could be preparing for a run for the White House in 2024. Pence will be the main speaker at the New Hampshire Senate fundraising event. He will also be the keynote speaker for Heritage Action’s “Save Our Paychecks” event.
Pence has tirelessly traveled across the country to help the GOP regain majorities and pick up additional governorships in 2022. Pence’s second visit to Iowa, where the presidential nomination calendar was launched for the last half-century, took place last month.
The former vice president founded the political advocacy group Advancing American Freedom in spring 2017. With a view towards 2022 and 2024, the organization’s mission was to promote freedom policies. The former vice president does not discuss his political plans openly, but he said during a speech to the GOP Jewish Coalition annual leadership conference last month that they are going back to win the country in 2024.
Pence isn’t the only prominent GOP member who is considering a White House bid. Although some GOP presidential candidates have suggested they would bow out if Trump ran again for the presidency, Pence seems to indicate that his 2024 decision is independent of Trump’s actions.
Pence opened his June visit to New Hampshire with a well-publicized speech. He said that he knew he did what was right on Jan. 6 by certifying the 2020 election, despite Trump’s repeated requests to reverse the results.
He also admitted that Trump’s relationship was now strained after the Jan 6 events when right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters attacked U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory. Pence said that he didn’t know if the two of them would ever see eye-to-eye after that day.
Jim Merrill, a long-time New Hampshire-based GOP consultant said that Pence was “clearly arriving here to make friends and raise his profile.”
Merrill, who was part of several GOP presidential campaigns, stated that he believes he’s there for his own identity, to establish his brand, and to send a message that he is serious about 2024. Chris Ryan, host of “New Hampshire Today Show,” said Pence was “absolutely determined” to reclaim American and win back Congress in 2022.
Jack Heath asked Pence what he thought of Trump’s incessant re-litigating of his election loss to Biden last Jan. Pence replied that he was looking ahead and that elections always concern the future.