Pence’s speaking gig schedule spurs buzz about possible 2024 White House run

Mike Pence is hitting the ‘rubber-chicken circuit’ and thereby renewing speculation that he might seek the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

The former VP is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan awards dinner and fundraiser in Manchester, N.H., early next month. New Hampshire, of course, gets a lot of attention, perhaps disproportionately so, because it is traditionally the site of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

A congressman and Indiana governor before becoming President Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence also recently delivered a speech at the Palmetto Family Council in South Carolina, the state where the third primary election in the race to the White House takes place.

Last week, Pence spoke at the Texas Victory Committee Donor Appreciation Conference in Austin. He plans a return trip to Texas in August to give the keynote address at the National Conservative Student Conference in Houston.

In addition, Mike Pence spoke by video to those attending the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Fla.

It’s likely that Team Pence will schedule more events of this nature in the coming months.

It’s hardly unusual that the number two guy (or girl) has aspirations for the top job and thus gets out on the hustings with that goal in mind. No fair-minded person would likely disagree that the measured Pence is fully qualified to become commander in chief.

Several GOP senators, as well as several other Republican luminaries, are also expected to contend for the nomination.

If he runs for second, non-consecutive term, however, President Donald Trump is likely to clear the field,  given his wide-ranging, populist coalition that expanded the Republican base and that resulted in nearly 75 million votes in Election 2020.

When asked about his future plans during an interview with Candace Owens, President Trump said that “I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.” The president has been similarly coy in other interviews, but it does seem like he is leaning in a particular direction.

If Trump doesn’t run, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, at this stage, is seen as the front-runner.

In addition to racking up frequent flyer miles in one-off events, Pence also has joined the Heritage Foundation think tank as a “distinguished visiting fellow” and is beginning to write op-eds in addition to speech-making and in so doing, plans to challenge Biden’s liberal agenda.

The solidly conservative Mike Pence is also partnering with the Young America’s Foundation as its Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar

Although it’s early, many might wonder if a member of the GOP establishment, which the low-key Pence is generally perceived to be, could attract enough votes in the broader electorate to be a viable presidential contender or would just become, in the end, a dignified loser like Sen. John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Political consultants win either way.

Pence has fallen out of favor with some or many in the MAGA movement — including his former boss — after he presided in Congress over the certification of the results of Election 2020.

Whether he had legal authority to block certification under the U.S. Constitution is a matter of debate, but it certainly would have been out of character even as President Trump’s loyal, solid VP for him to take a bold step of that nature.

Mike Pence got some good news when Simon & Schuster announced last month that it would publish the ex-VP’s memoir despite internal complaints from the woke mob. The autobiography is scheduled for a 2023 release, giving Pence another opportunity to increase his profile during a pre-election book tour.

 

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