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From VP to POTUS? Mike Pence Declares Intent to Run in 2024 Presidential Race

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WASHINGTON DC, USA – Mike Pence, the immediate past Vice President of the United States, has reportedly made plans to join the 2024 presidential race.

Pence is expected to announce his presidential bid on June 7, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa, according to local media reports on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

The race for the 2024 Republican nomination promises to be a crowded affair.

Pence will be competing against several high-profile Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Tim Scott, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

Early polling data shows that Trump is currently favored to win the Republican nomination, followed closely by DeSantis, who is viewed as Trump’s strongest challenger within the party.

On the Democratic side, incumbent President Joe Biden has announced that he will seek re-election. His primary challengers at this stage are bestselling self-help author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.

The Mike Pence Backstory

Michael Richard Pence, commonly known as Mike Pence, was born on June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana. Before embarking on a political career, Pence was a conservative radio and television talk show host in Indiana during the 1990s.

He first held office in 2000, serving six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected Governor of Indiana in 2012.

As governor, Pence’s policies often sparked controversy, particularly those seen as discriminatory against minority groups. For instance, his signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 2015 was viewed by many as a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, leading to widespread protests and boycotts.

In 2016, Pence joined the Republican ticket as Donald Trump’s running mate, and they won the election later that year.

As Vice President, Pence was often in the difficult position of defending, explaining, or distancing himself from the President’s more inflammatory rhetoric and controversial actions.

This was particularly evident during their final days in office, when Trump publicly criticized Pence for not overturning the election results during the certification process on January 6, 2021, a power Pence pointed out he did not constitutionally possess.

This culminated in a public falling out, marking a troubled end to their professional relationship.

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