Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence gave his first public address since leaving office in what may be an attempt to gauge whether he has a shot at winning the White House in a 2024 presidential bid.
Speaking to hundreds attending a Palmetto Family Council event in South Carolina on Thursday, Pence called for conservatives to join him in “pushing back on the liberal agenda,” which he will have more to say about in the coming months.
Although Pence did not specifically state whether he is eyeing the White House himself, he indicated he will be helping to elect America-First candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.
“It was four years of consequence, four years of results, and four years made of promises made and promises kept,” the former vice president said, touting the success of the Trump-Pence administration’s agenda.
Reminding Americans of their almost countless accomplishments in just one term, he celebrated their ability to create “the lowest unemployment, the highest household incomes, the most energy production, the most pro-American trade deals, the most secure border, and the strongest military in the history of our country,” among many other important achievements.
However, Pence warned all of their past successes are under attack by Biden’s radical Leftist administration.
“In just 100 days, the Biden-Harris administration has launched an avalanche of liberal policies that threaten to derail all of the progress that we’ve made for a safer, more prosperous, more secure America,” said the former vice president.
Slamming Biden’s joint address to Congress for promoting the expansion of government from cradle to grave, Mike Pence said it’s time for “freedom-loving Americans to stand up to the far Left agenda of the Biden-Harris Administration.”
“It’s time to win back America,” he added.
While Pence seems to be moving toward campaign-style events in a potential build-up for a presidential run, it is unclear whether he will have the support of devoted Trump supporters following the January 6 Capitol riots, which saw angry Trump supporters actually chanting to “Hang Mike Pence!”
According to a recent survey conducted last month by GOP polling firm Echelon Insights, Pence was the second runner-up of preferred 2024 presidential candidates just behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Newsweek reported. In the event that Trump is not an available candidate, Pence would have 16% of respondents’ support, which is just shy of the 17% who indicated they would prefer DeSantis.
The former vice-president has not yet expressed any clear political aspirations aside from furthering the America First agenda, but time will tell what the future holds for Mike Pence.