Former Vice President Mike Pence recently did an interview with Fox News in which he discussed his plans for 2024.
As for what those plans are, Pence made it clear that he is keeping all of his options open, including running for president and including being the running mate of former President Donald Trump. But, other than this, Pence refused to say anything too definitive with regard to his intentions.
“Karen and I will do what we’ve always done—we’ll take time to pray about it, we’ll seek the counsel of trusted friends and advisors, and we’ll go where we’re called,” Pence said. “One thing I’ll tell you is that I won’t let anybody else make that decision for me.”
Pence repeated this response when he was specifically pressed on whether he would join Trump again for another Trump/Pence ticket. “We’ll go where we’re called, and as I said, we won’t let anybody make that decision for us.”
“We parted very amicably”
Pence, during the interview, spoke about his relationship with Trump. The reader will likely know that the two men didn’t see eye-to-eye with regard to Pence’s role in overseeing the congressional certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump, arguing that there was fraud in that election, wanted Pence to stop the certification process, but Pence refused because he didn’t believe that to be his Constitutional role.
“I had hoped that the courts—including the Supreme Court—would have taken up and considered the fact that a number of states had changed rules governing elections,” Pence said. “But, ultimately, the courts passed on them, and the Electoral College certified the outcome, and I knew that my oath was clear.”
After that, though, Pence said that he and Trump “sat down” and “talked through it. Then, he said, he and Trump “rolled our sleeves up and finished the final weeks of our administration working together, and we parted very amicably.”
As for what happened after that, Pence said that he and Trump “spoke in the months that followed us leaving office—we spoke with some regularity.” But, Pence added that, now, he and Trump have “kind of gone our separate ways over the last year.”
“Always be proud”
Pence spent a lot of the interview speaking about the success that he and Trump had during their administration. He said that he will “always be proud” to have served alongside Trump.
“To serve alongside a president who literally got up every day and worked in the midst of an avalanche of hostile media, and the entire Russia hoax hanging over our administration—he never stopped fighting every day to deliver on the promises that we had made to the American people,” Pence said.
When asked whether he would support Trump in 2024, should Trump choose to run for president, Pence said, “We’re going to win the Congress in 2022, we’re going to win the White House in 2024.”
“My focus is going to be on doing first things first and then discerning what role, if any, we have to play in the second task,” he added.