Former VP Pence surprises nobody, states he 'will not be endorsing' former boss Trump as GOP nominee

 March 17, 2024

Former President Donald Trump recently revealed that he had "ruled some people out" and would not consider them to be his running mate in November's presidential election.

One person who's almost certainly been disqualified from being Trump's next vice presidential candidate is his former VP, Mike Pence, who just revealed that he will not be endorsing the re-election bid of his former boss, according to The Western Journal.

Pence did, however, appear to leave the door open to the possibility that he will nonetheless vote for Trump in November with a cryptic comment that stressed that he would "never" vote for Democratic President Joe Biden and also seemed to rule out support for any third party candidates as he highlighted his devotion to the "Republican" brand.

Pence "will not be endorsing" Trump

Former Vice President Pence joined Fox News host Martha MacCallum for an interview on Friday during which MacCallum observed that former President Trump had secured sufficient primary delegates to be the Republican nominee and asked Pence if he would be endorsing Trump like some of the other former 2024 candidates had done.

"It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year," Pence replied. "Look, I’m incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure, and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world."

"But, that being said, during my presidential campaign I made it clear that there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues," he continued.

Pence "cannot in good conscience endorse Donald Trump"

Those differences between the former president and his VP go beyond their falling out over differing views on the constitutional role of the vice president in certifying electoral results and, in Pence's view, include Trump not being serious about taking on the national debt, not being sufficiently committed to the pro-life cause, and no longer being tough enough against communist China.

"In each of these cases, Donald Trump is pursuing and articulating an agenda that is at odds with the conservative agenda that we governed on during our four years," Pence said. "And that is why I cannot in good conscience endorse Donald Trump in this campaign."

The former VP did acknowledge that GOP primary voters had made it clear they still backed Trump, but then attempted to dodge the question when asked who he would vote for by insisting that his vote, like everybody else's, was a private matter.

He did say, though, that he would "never vote for Joe Biden," appeared to reflexively dismiss supporting any third-party candidate, and definitively ruled out an independent run of his own by declaring, "I am a Republican."

Trump has "ruled some people out" from his list of VP candidates

It was just a few days earlier that former President Trump sat for an interview with Newsmax host Greg Kelly during which the topic of his ongoing search for a 2024 running mate came up for discussion and Trump revealed that he had essentially crossed a few well-known Republican names off his list of prospective VPs -- likely excluding his former VP Pence as a possibility.

"I'd probably have a couple of people -- that you may know very well -- some people that I didn't think behaved properly," Trump said. "Yeah, I think I've ruled some people out, but I've ruled a lot of people in."

"And we have a lot of great people in the Republican Party. And they'll do a terrific job, I think," he added. "But certainly, I have people that I wouldn't want as a vice president."

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