On Saturday, former Vice President Mike Pence announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race, declaring that “this is not my time.” Pence, speaking at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas, vowed to continue advocating for “conservative values” and to assist in electing “principled Republican leaders to every office in the land, so help me God.”
In response, President Donald Trump called on Pence to endorse him. Speaking at the same convention on Sunday, Trump stated, “Everybody that leaves seems to be endorsing me. I don’t know about Mike Pence. He should endorse me. You know why? Because I had a great successful presidency, and he was the vice president. He should endorse me. I chose him, made him vice president, but people in politics can be very disloyal.”
🚨🚨🚨Mike Pence DROPS OUT of 2024 Presidential Race
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The backdrop to this development is the strained relationship between Trump and Pence, culminating in the events of January 6, 2021, when Pence, presiding over the Senate, certified the electoral college results of the 2020 election despite substantial claims of irregularities. Pence has since maintained that he “chose the Constitution” over loyalty to Trump.
Now, as Trump calls for Pence’s endorsement, the political dynamics are explicit. Trump remains a formidable force in Republican politics, leading the pack of 2024 GOP presidential candidates by a significant margin, according to the latest polls. His influence is undeniable, and his call for Pence’s endorsement asserts this political dominance.
President Trump on Mike Pence: “He should endorse me…because I had a great, successful presidency” pic.twitter.com/fnpH05ZId5
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Pence’s decision to withdraw from the race, citing financial constraints and low polling numbers, underscores the uphill battle he faced in mounting a successful campaign. Despite his record as vice president, the political landscape has changed, with Trump’s popularity maintaining a leadership position within the Republican party.
In the wake of Pence’s withdrawal, other Republican presidential candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), praised Pence’s contributions to the conservative cause.
Now, as Trump seeks to solidify his position as the frontrunner in the GOP primary, Pence’s endorsement would undoubtedly be a significant boon. It would signal a reconciliation of sorts between the two and a united front in the pursuit of conservative values and policies. However, given their history, such an endorsement remains uncertain.
As the 2024 election looms, the dynamics within the Republican party will continue to evolve, with Trump remaining a central figure in shaping the party’s future direction.