Former Vice President Mike Pence was planning the first steps of his political comeback.
But Pence got some bad news.
Mike Pence ended up in the hospital after getting the scary results of this medical test.
Former Vice President Pence was beginning to take the first steps towards a 2024 presidential campaign.
Pence announced the formation of a 501(c)(4) issue advocacy group called Advancing American Freedom that was billed as promoting the successes of the Trump-Pence administration ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
In addition, Pence announced a seven-figure deal to publish two books about life in politics timed for when a theoretical presidential campaign got off the ground.
Finally, Pence was scheduled to make his first public remarks since leaving office later this month in the key primary state of South Carolina.
But Pence’s plans were put on hold after Pence’s office announced the former Vice President underwent surgery to have a pacemaker implanted after suffering symptoms of a slow heart rate.
“Over the past two weeks, former Vice President Pence experienced symptoms associated with a slow heart rate and, upon consultation with his doctors, underwent a procedure yesterday at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, to implant a pacemaker,” Pence’s office statement read.
“The routine surgery was successful, and he is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days,” the statement added.
Former Vice President Pence thanked his doctors for taking excellent care of him.
“I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, including Dr. Brett Atwater and Dr. Behnam Tehrani,” Pence declared.
“I also appreciate the consultation of my longtime Indiana physicians, Dr. Michael Busk and Dr. Charles Taliercio at Ascension St. Vincent. My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated healthcare professionals,” Pence added.
Doctors expect Pence to make a full recovery and this is not expected to derail his campaign in anyway.
Presidential candidates have overcome far more serious heart issues during their White House bids.
In the fall of 2019, Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack and returned to the campaign trail after taking some time off.
The biggest problem Pence faces is not his health.
It is still Donald Trump’s lack of support.
President Trump ripped Pence for not overturning the Electoral College results of states Trump claimed were fraudulent during the January 6 joint session of Congress.
Pence pointed to the Constitution and said he had no such authority, but it will be difficult for Pence to rally enough of Trump’s base to support his campaign if Trump is still hostile toward Pence in 2024.
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