Mike Pence Hints at 2024 Presidential Run Against Trump

Headline Roundup May 23rd, 2022

Former Vice President Mike Pence hinted that he would be open to a 2024 presidential run against former President Donald Trump.

"We'll go where we're called," Pence said during an interview with The New York Times (Lean Left bias) that was published on Monday. "That's the way Karen and I have always approached these things." The former vice president went on to say that it's "been very humbling" to see how many people across the country "have made a point to express appreciation" about his decision to not support Trump's mission to overturn the 2020 election. The Times also talked with Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich, who said that Pence is "desperate to chase his lost relevance." Budowich also emphasized that Trump is "already 82-3 with his endorsements, and there’s nothing stopping him from saving America in 2022 and beyond." 

Coverage of Pence's comments were generally balanced across the spectrum, most of which labeled Trump as "the clear favorite" for the 2024 GOP nominee. Some left-rated outlets linked back to polls that found most Americans believe that Pence "had no right to alter the results of the election." Some right-rated outlets emphasized how Trump "has eyes on the competition — including Pence," despite not officially declaring a 2024 bid.

From the Right

Mike Pence is not ruling out the possibility of going head-to-head with his old boss Donald Trump in a 2024 Republican presidential primary, a new report suggested on Monday.

'We’ll go where we’re called,' Pence told the New York Times when asked about the possible head-to-head. 

'That’s the way Karen and I have always approached these things.'

The former vice president's flirtations with a potential White House bid were rounded up and put under the microscope in the Monday report - including speaking appearances in battleground states like Iowa where he touts the 'Trump-Pence Administration's' successes but...

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From the Left

Donald Trump's spokesperson, Taylor Budowich, lashed out at former Vice President Mike Pence for backing a number of non-MAGA Republicans in this year's primaries ahead of a potential 2024 presidential bid, calling him "desperate to chase his lost relevance."

"Mike Pence was set to lose a governor's race in 2016 before he was plucked up and his political career was salvaged," Budowich told The New York Times. "Now, desperate to chase his lost relevance, Pence is parachuting into races, hoping someone is paying attention. The reality is, President Trump is already 82-3...

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From the Center

Former Vice President Mike Pence signaled that he is open to a 2024 presidential run against former President Donald Trump during an interview with the New York Times published on Monday.

Why it matters: A run would mark a definitive turn in the relationship between Pence and Trump, though the growing rift between them has been evident for some time, with Pence disputing Trump's claims that he could have overturned the 2020 election.

  • Back in March, Trump admitted the two had not spoken for a "long time."

What they're saying: “We’ll go where we’re called,” Pence...

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