Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was once quite popular with supporters of former President Donald Trump, eventually fell out of favor with a portion of Trump’s base after he refused to intervene in the Electoral College vote certification on Jan. 6.
According to the Washington Examiner, his decreased popularity doesn’t appear to be affecting some of the political moves Pence is making ahead of the 2024 presidential election — moves that some believe are strong hints that Pence could make a run for the White House in the next election.
In addition to a list of recent appearances and moves that some consider to be political jockeying, Pence spent most of the summer making similar moves, such as visiting a number of early primary states and headlined or attended high-profile Republican fundraisers across the country.
What’s he doing?
Most recently, the Examiner noted, Pence traveled to Nebraska to attend a fundraising event held by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, known as the annual “steak fry.”
The former vice president also attended a rededication of a 9/11 memorial in his home state, Indiana, and prior to that, launched a new podcast titled American Freedom.
In addition, through his political nonprofit group, Advancing American Freedom, Pence filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which he requested that Roe v. Wade be overturned, making clear that Pence is still very much interested in being involved in conservative politics.
Capping off his month of making moves, Pence spoke at a memorial service for U.S. Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, who was one of the 13 U.S. service members killed during President Joe Biden’s disastrous troop withdrawal in Afghanistan. Sanchez hailed from Indiana.
“As we told you before the service, we would have been here on the back row just to pray with you because while I had official duties over the last four years, we are Marine Corps parents,” Pence said at the ceremony.
What about Trump?
While a number of high-profile and popular Republicans who could make a run for the White House in 2024 have all but vowed to stay out of the way if Trump decides to make another run, the Examiner suggested that Pence is forging his own path — a path that apparently will not be dictated by what the former president does or does not do.
The Examiner also suggested that even if Trump emerges as the 2024 nominee for the GOP, Pence wants voters to know that he’s ready to once again be Trump’s number two, though he’ll have quite the task of selling that idea to presumably millions of Trump supporters who no longer care for the former VP.
A number of Trump’s surrogates and closest advisers have hinted, repeatedly, that the 45th president will once again appear on the ticket. Even Trump himself has dropped numerous hints that his supporters will be “very happy” with his eventual decision.
Given how quiet Pence has been since he left office in January, many believed he would simply go on his way, maybe even to enjoy retirement. Obviously, given his busy schedule, that clearly doesn’t appear to be in his future plans.