Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to face Trump and DeSantis in primary for 2024 election
Former U.S. vice president, Republican Mike Pence (2017-2021), filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to to run in the primaries of his party for the 2024 presidential elections.
Pence plans to officially launch his candidacy with. a speech this Wednesday in Iowa, coinciding with his 64th birthday, and later that day he is scheduled to participate in a meeting with citizens organized by CNN in Des Moines, the state capital.
In this way, Pence joins a large group of aspirants to the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, such as former president Donald Trump (2017-2021); Florida Gov, Ron DeSantisformer U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley; former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Along with them, the following have filed their candidacy businessmen Vivek Ramaswamy, Ryan Binkley and Perry Johnson, plus broadcaster Larry Elder.
According to the weighted average of polls conducted by the FiveThirtyEight website, Trump is currently leading in the polls as the favorite to clinch the Republican nomination for President, followed by DeSantis, Pence, Haley and Ramaswamy.
Pence counts as an endorsement the four years he served as vice president during Trump’s term in office. Previously he was congressman from 2001 to 2013 and governor of Indiana (2013-2017).
He holds the super PAC support Committed to Americawhich he launched in mid-May. He co-chairs it with former Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling and veteran Republican consultant Scott Reed. A Super PAC is an organization of fundraising that can obtain donations from individuals, corporations and unions and spend unlimited amounts of funds.
Limiting access to abortion
Man from deep religious convictionsPence can be a strong appeal to evangelical voters, whom he often speaks to about his faith and the issues that matter to them, such as anti-abortion and pro-religious liberty policies.
In that vein, Pence has made it clear that he supports states passing restrictive laws to further limit access to abortion and believes that the abortion pill Mifepristone, the most widely used pill in the U.S. to terminate pregnancies, should not be marketed. At the federal level, he has advocated for legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks gestation.
During the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, Pence. disregarded Trump’s appeals to obstruct the ratification of Democrat Joe Biden as U.S. president after winning the election.