Pence to cover two events in Iowa, fueling 2024 speculation
Former Vice President Mike Pence is set to headline two events next month in Iowa, the first state to host a presidential primary, further fueling speculation the former Vice President is considering a race in 2024.
Pence will first headline a fundraiser for Representative Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, the Feenstra Family Picnic on July 16 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Later today, he will speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines, which is described on his website as the “largest gathering of Midwestern Christians seeking cultural transformation.” Other speakers will include South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo and former Solicitor General Ken Starr.
Iowa marks Pence’s third visit to an early voting state in recent months, after speaking at an event in South Carolina in late April and making headlines during a stop in New Hampshire last week.
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There, the former vice president said he and former President Trump had spoken “on several occasions” since leaving office, but highlighting what many see as his now frayed relationship with the former president. , he admitted that “I don’t know if we ‘I’ll never agree about that day,” meaning the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
He called the day the Capitol was stormed a “dark” and “tragic” day, but added “the same day we summoned Congress again and did our duty under the Constitution and of the laws of the United States “.
Pence has also plunged directly into the nation’s culture wars by targeting critical race theory and stressing that “America is not a racist nation,” while also hitting President Biden and the Democrats in Congress.
Trump, for his part, has continually flirted with the idea of running again in 2024. He doesn’t seem determined to run with Pence again if he does.
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Fox Business’s Stuart Varney asked Trump earlier this week if he would consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his running mate.
“Of course I would,” Trump replied. “I would definitely consider Ron. I was at the beginning of Ron.
Perhaps referring to other potential running mates, Trump said, “We have other great people. I mean, you look at some of the people, the Republicans, who have done a great job with the States.”
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The relationship between Trump and Pence deteriorated when the former president called on his right-hand man to eclipse his largely ceremonial role in certifying the 2020 election results on January 6. Trump falsely claimed he won the election against Biden.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.