Donald Trump looks like he is clearly running for president in 2024.
But Trump may face a challenger he never expected.
And Mike Pence told Fox News the one thing that let Trump know he’s running for president.
In an interview with Fox News Channel host Maria Bartiromo, former Vice President Mike Pence sounded very much like a 2024 presidential candidate without actually coming out and saying he was running for president.
Host Maria Bartiromo asked Pence about a prospective 2024 bid and Pence tried to downplay any White House ambitions by claiming he was only focused on making sure Republicans scored decisive wins up and down the ballot in November.
“You know, all of my focus right now is on 2022,” Pence responded. “I think we have a historic opportunity to reclaim majorities in the House and the Senate, to elect great Republican governors around America. And in 2023, I’m confident the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who will be the next President of the United States of America. And at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process.”
The clearest sign Pence gave that he was planning to run for president came in the second half of his answer.
First, Pence offered up the obligatory verbiage about consulting with his family before running – this is what every candidate intending to run for president says and these conversations are a mere formality.
Second, Pence test drove a 2024 stump speech about Joe Biden’s failures except Pence framed it as a pitch to elect Republicans in 2022.
“But now, more than ever, with war in Europe and with an administration seemingly intent on weakening our country and driving our nation toward a European-style welfare state, we need strong Republican majorities on Capitol Hill and strong Republican governors, and that’s what we’re going to work to achieve,” Pence concluded.
Donald Trump gives every indication he is running for president.
And Mike Pence also looks like he will enter the 2024 contest regardless of what Donald Trump decides.
That could set up a historical contest between Donald Trump and his former vice president.
If Trump and Pence are both in the primary race the contest will center on Trump’s contention that Pence let him down on January 6.
Pence already previewed how he intends to hit back at Trump arguing that the GOP needs to be forward-looking.
“We cannot win by fighting yesterday’s battles, or by relitigating the past,” Pence said in a recent speech to the establishment donor class. “Republicans can only win by offering real, lasting solutions to the problems Democrats have created for the American people.”
Donald Trump made history in 2016.
And Donald Trump could make history again in 2024 by running against his former vice president for the nomination of their party.
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