Vice President Mike Pence has been a loyal right-hand man to Donald Trump. He does a good job defending his boss and up until recently hasn’t received the credit he deserves for how he has led the coronavirus task force.

So, what does the future hold for Mike Pence? Will he step out of the shadow of Donald Trump and emerge as a presidential candidate himself in 2024? These are questions that are going to become more prevalent within the Republican Party, especially if, God forbid, Trump and Pence lose in November.

It has been reported that Pence has dreamed about being president since he was young. Writing for the Atlantic, reporter McKay Coppins wrote the following about Pence’s ambitious goals:

“What most surprised me when I first began reporting on Pence three years ago was the scale of his ambition. His public persona to that point had been defined by a kind of theatrical subservience, earning him the reputation of a feckless Trump sycophant who was just happy to have a job. This is a man who’s been dreaming of the White House since his fraternity days in college.”

If Mike Pence runs for president in 2024, he won’t be handed the nomination, regardless of his ties to Trump. The Republican field will be stacked. There will be Republican powerhouses running for the nomination. Niki Haley, Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, and Tim Scott, are all names that have been mentioned in discussions of future administrations.

I have always liked and respected the vice president, but he has honestly been an afterthought during much of Trump’s time in office. I didn’t really see much in him that drew my attention to him, and I know I am not alone.

However, that isn’t true anymore. Pence has proven to be a primetime player. In August, he gave the best speech of his career at the Republican National Convention. The backdrop to Vice President Pence’s acceptance speech was about as American as it gets. Pence spoke at Ft. McHenry, the very spot where the inspiration was sparked for Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner during the War of 1812.

He followed up that stellar performance with another one on Wednesday night. Pence cleaned Kamala Harris’ clock at the Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah. He was logical, methodical, and calm while laying into Senator Harris for many of her lies. His performance should serve as a template for President Trump going forward.

Trump and Pence can win the election if they highlight the contrasts between the radical far-Left policies of the Biden-Harris ticket and the Japanese-scroll-length list of accomplishments of the Trump administration.

Vice President Pence did this effectively on Wednesday, and hopefully, the president follows suit.

Pence is beginning to show more of himself, revealing how impressive of a politician he actually is. He is smart, kind, and likable. If I’ve learned one thing about Pence the past few months, it’s that he shouldn’t be underestimated. There is more to him than meets the eye.