He, who was number two of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) filed paperwork yesterday to join the rest of the conservatives with the same aspirations, but will not formally launch his campaign until tomorrow, according to a person related to his plans who spoke to The Washington Post on condition of anonymity.
The former vice president has already traveled to key primary states, often speaking out on issues that other Republicans find politically uncomfortable, while advocating changes to health care coverage programs, Social Security and tighter restrictions on abortion.
The conservative, who refused to interfere with Joe Biden’s 2021 election victory certification, has distanced himself from some of Trump’s actions.
According to a rating devised by The New York Times, where one means the candidate is likely to withdraw before any caucus or primary vote and 10 that he or she has a good chance of receiving the party’s nomination, Pence deserved a three.
Ross Douthat, one of the paper’s columnists, estimated that because of the role he assumed on Jan. 6, 2021, and his break with the mogul thereafter, voting for the former vice president would mean actively repudiating Trump himself, and that there is no good reason to take his chances seriously.
Also, columnist Nicole Hemmer noted that considering that a mob whipped up by the former president wanted to hang Pence in front of Congress in January 2021, he is a high-risk proposition.
According to a columnist for The Hill, the former vice president’s candidacy makes no sense.
“Republican voters have abandoned Pence in droves. On the RealClearPolitics site’s average, he didn’t get above 10 percent in more than a year. In February 2021, he was trailing Trump 42 percent to 18 percent,” recalled the article signed by Keith Naughton.
In addition to the former vice president, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also plan to launch as presidential pre-candidates this week, according to press reports.
They will join Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator Tim Scott and Donald Trump in their ambitions to win the Republican nomination.