During an interview on Fox Business on Tuesday, Former Vice President Mike Pence suggested that he may consider running for president in 2024.
Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on Mornings With Maria, Pence said that “at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process.”
Bartiromo had asked the former VP if a run was something he was considering.
“All of my focus right now is on 2022,” Pence replied. “I think we have a historic opportunity to reclaim majorities in the House and Senate, to elect great Republican governors around America and, in 2023, I’m confident the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who will be the next President of the United States of America and at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process.”
“But now more than ever with war in Europe and with an administration seemingly intent on weakening our country, driving our nation toward a European-style welfare state, we need strong Republican majorities on Capitol Hill and strong Republican governors, and that’s what we are going to work to achieve,” he added.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) March 8, 2022
Appearing on the show from Israel, Pence also asserted that the “time has come to sanction all oil and energy exports from Russia.” He claimed that an international embargo would “bring the kind of pressure that we must bring to bear if we hope to stop this mindless, senseless Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
The day before the Fox Business interview, Axios reported that Pence’s advocacy organization, Advancing American Freedom, plans to spend $10 million on TV ads targeting 16 vulnerable House Democrats on energy policy and Ukraine.
“Pence contrasted himself against Trump last week, slamming the GOP’s ‘apologists’ for Putin. Now he’s using the Russian invasion to trash Democrats,” the report noted.
According to data from YouGov, Pence’s popularity rating is at 28 percent, while he is disliked by 48 percent.
Data from Rasmussen Reports has him polling at five percent among Republicans.
Good Morning !
Mike Pence is polling at 5% – behind Liz Cheney – among Republicans. But somehow someone from somewhere dropped $10M on him for a profile reshaping TV buy in March of 2022. Wonder who supplied the cash?
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) March 8, 2022
Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted Pence for certifying the 2020 election results in favor of Biden.
In December, Trump said that Pence is “mortally wounded” in the GOP for not returning the votes.
Speaking at a “History Tour” event with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in Florida, Trump said, “I was disappointed in one thing, but it was a big thing. Mike should have sent those crooked votes back to the legislatures, and you would have had a different result in the election, in my opinion.”
“I think Mike has been very badly hurt by what took place in respect to January 6,” Trump said. “I think he’s been mortally wounded, frankly, because I see the reaction he’s getting from people.”