May 19, 2024

Former Vice President Mike Pence to Announce 2024 Presidential Candidacy, Joining Republican Contenders

President Donald Trump looks on as Vice President Mike Pence swears in Ret. General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Friday, January 27, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

Former United States Vice President Mike Pence will be announcing his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race on June 7, reports said on Wednesday, citing sources.

Pence intends to kick off his campaign in Iowa with a speech in Des Moines, followed by participation in a CNN town hall on the same day.

It is expected that the former vice president will strive to differentiate himself from other Republican contenders, including his former boss Donald Trump, as he embarks on his quest for the presidency.

Pence’s entry into the race comes after a public rift with Trump over the latter’s unfounded claims of election fraud during the 2020 presidential election. Notably, Pence refused to decertify the Electoral College results, even under intense pressure from Trump.

Pence subsequently testified before a federal grand jury for seven hours regarding the events of January 6, 2021, when supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol. Despite criticizing Trump’s actions, Pence has remained steadfast in his loyalty to the former president.

Recognized for his conservative principles, strong religious faith, and distinctive character, Pence aims to resonate with Iowa voters who are considered influential in the primary process. Iowa is perceived as a crucial battleground state, and Pence’s campaign seeks to align with the state’s values.

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