Just because he left office when the Trump administration ended last month, former Vice President Mike Pence is showing clear signs that he is not planning to leave the political realm.
As Fox News reported, Pence is setting himself up to be an influential force in next year’s midterm elections and beyond, including from his new post as a distinguished fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
“Advancing conservative policies”
In a tweet this week, he shared his excitement over the opportunity to weigh in on policy matters in coordination with the respected political think tank.
He called the Heritage Foundation “a flagship of the conservative movement” that he is “profoundly honored” to work with as part of a broader effort “to advance conservative policies that will benefit every American.”
According to Pence, the organization helped to form and influence his own political philosophy “for decades” and “played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump administration.”
As a distinguished fellow, the former vice president said he is looking forward to “working with the all-star team” at the think tank “as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets and traditional values to policy makers across the Nation & to every American who cherishes our Heritage of Freedom.”
Furthermore, Pence is reportedly entering into a partnership with the youth-oriented conservative organization Young America’s Foundation.
“The good news of conservatism”
In this capacity, he is set to host a podcast that the organization said will allow him to “share the good news of conservatism through one of today’s most popular mediums.”
As for what this all means for his possible future ambitions, there is no formal indication that he will throw his hat in the ring. Nevertheless, close adviser and former chief of staff Marc Short made it clear that Pence will remain “very active” in GOP politics in the foreseeable future.
One unnamed source went further, telling Fox News: “I think you’ll find that candidates will be remarkably welcoming to Mike Pence coming and campaigning on their behalf.”
Of course, Republican strategist Jim Merrill noted that Pence might have ulterior motives in hitting the campaign trail during the midterm election cycle.
“It’s a strategy that a number of presidential candidates have used over the years, traveling to early primary and caucus states ostensibly to help Republicans but really make friends, lay the groundwork for White House campaigns,” he explained. “I expect we’ll see Pence here in New Hampshire early and often.”