Former Vice President Mike Pence has publicly declared his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2024 election.
The announcement pits him against front-runner Donald Trump, a former president, and Pence’s former employer.
The Federal Election Commission received Pence’s declaration of candidacy on Monday, and the 63-year-old is scheduled to officially begin his campaign on Wednesday in Iowa, one of the early states to choose its nominee.
The former governor of Indiana, an ardent social conservative and evangelical Christian, has become further distant from Trump after refusing the former president’s requests that he annul the 2020 election in his capacity as the Senate’s president.
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Pence joins a crowded and expanding field of Republican contenders, including Trump, Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, and Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and Florida’s governor.
According to a source familiar with Doug Burgum’s preparations, he will declare his candidacy on Wednesday. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will officially announce his candidacy on Tuesday, increasing the number of Republican candidates to ten.
The number of contenders for the nomination worries many of Trump’s rivals within the Republican Party, who fear that a split anti-Trump vote could give the former president the party’s candidacy.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has filed paperwork to run for President in 2024. He will announce his candidacy on Wednesday, his birthday, in Iowa. Read my @DailyCaller NF story for more details on his candidacy. https://t.co/iPhHGxyTB6
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Pence has spent most of the past two years traveling to early-nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire to reaffirm his commitment to being a “Christian, conservative, and Republican – in that order.”
He portrays himself as a conventional Republican who can carry out Trump’s economic plans without fuss and cares about family values and fiscal prudence.
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He has also formed a solid alliance with Ukraine and has steadfastly refrained from ruling out cuts to welfare benefits.
Even though his political views are well-liked by Republicans, skeptics wonder if Pence has a following in a party that is now more concerned with populism and cultural politics than traditional conservatism.