On Wednesday (October 19), former Vice President Mike Pence hinted at his 2024 ambitions while answering a question about whether he’d support former President Donald Trump if he was on the ticket.
In an event at Georgetown University, when asked by a student if he’d support Trump if he was the Republican nominee, Pence replied with a smile, “Well, there might be somebody else I prefer more.”
Pence clarified he could be referring to himself, saying, “All my focus has been on the midterm elections, and it’ll stay that way for the next 20 days. But after that, we’ll be thinking about the future.”
For months, pundits have speculated Pence has been laying the groundwork for a 2024 Presidential bid. The former Vice President has been active in conservative circles, outlining his vision for the conservative movement through his “freedom agenda.”
Pence touts the plan as the roadmap for Republicans to focus on the future and not the past, an apparent swipe at Trump and his fixation with the 2020 elections.
In the last few months, Pence’s 2024 has become more apparent as he focused his campaigning with GOP candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
During Trump’s time in office, Pence was a die-hard loyalist. Since January 6, the relationship between the pair has ruptured following Pence’s decision to certify the 2020 election results, despite Trump’s urging against doing so.
Since then, Pence has touted Trump’s border, trade, and foreign policy achievements, while reiterating that he couldn’t have overturned the results.