Mike Pence Falls Victim To Hoax

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After several reports surfaced that former Vice President Mike Pence had filed his intention to run for President in 2024 with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a spokesperson for Pence revealed the filing was fake.

Several journalists were duped into believing that Pence had filed campaign paperwork. But Devin O’Malley, spokesman for the former Vice Presidents, shared on Twitter that paperwork purporting to be from “Mr. Mike Richard Pence” didn’t belong to Pence.

In a tweet, O’Malley revealed that Pence hadn’t filed paperwork with the FEC.

On Monday (December 26), a filing was made with the FEC with a principal campaign committee titled “Mike Pence for President,” it listed a P.O. Box in Anderson, Indiana — Pence’s home state — as the campaign’s address.

Pence indicated that he was mulling a Presidential bid but revealed he would only decide whether he’ll move forward with a bid after discussing it with his family over the holiday season.

O’Malley joked on Twitter that he didn’t have Pence announcing a bid on his “Bingo card for ANY of the days between Christmas and New Year,” pointing to Pence’s revelation that he would only make a decision and announcement in 2023.

When the FEC was reached for comment to ascertain if the filing was false, a spokesperson refused to comment but explained that the agency has a process to authenticate filings and confirm their legitimacy.

If Pence decides to join the race, he will be the second most prominent Republican to enter the race after former President Donald Trump announced his bid on November 15.