A spokesman representing former Vice President Mike Pence has finally responded to an initial report that came out on Monday that stated he had filed to run for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2024. Devin O’Malley revealed that Pence was not the individual who filed a Statement of Candidacy form with the Federal Election Commission, despite the fact it had his name on it.
“Former Vice President Mike Pence did not file to run for President today,” O’Malley stated as a reply to a tweet posted by a reporter who claimed that Pence had officially entered the 2024 presidential race. However, the denial from the spokesman did not get posted fast enough, as several media outlets took the rumor and ran with it, making the claim that Pence had tossed his hat in the ring for consideration, according to the Conservative Brief.
“Someone filed a Pence filing. But it wasn’t Pence, his spokesman says, suggesting it was a prank,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, said in a post on Twitter.
Someone filed a Pence filing. But it wasn’t Pence, his spokesman says, suggesting it was a prank https://t.co/iGT4Ur4GS0
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 26, 2022
“It’s not clear how someone could file a statement of candidacy on behalf of someone else, but that said, last month Pence admitted he was giving ‘prayerful consideration’ to running for president in the next cycle, which would pit him up against his previous running mate, former President Donald Trump, the only one who has officially declared his candidacy from either of the two major political parties,” the report said.
Before serving as the vice president under former President Donald Trump, Pence was the governor of Indiana as well as previously serving as a member of the House of Representatives.
“We’re giving it consideration in our house. Prayerful consideration,” Pence said during an interview with David Muir on ABC’s “World News Tonight.”
After Muir asked Pence if he thought Trump should be the commander-in-chief for a second term he responded by saying, “That’s up to the American people. But I think we’ll have better choices in the future.”
He added, “For me and my family, we’ll be reflecting about what our role is in that.”
Last month, during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former vice president revealed he had built a “genuine friendship” with Trump, which he said made the conversations between them toward the end of the term, when Pence refused to discount electoral votes, extremely painful.
“It’s part of what made what happened at the end so difficult,” Pence commented.
Former President Trump officially announced last month that he would be running for president for a third time in 2024, in an attempt to get his second term in the White House to continue implementing his America first agenda.
“America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump went on to say to a room full of supporters during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “Unlike other presidents, I kept my promises.”
“The world was at peace, America was prospering, and our country was on track for an amazing future— because I made big promises to the American People and, unlike other Presidents, I kept my promises,” he stated during the event. “Under our leadership, we were a great and glorious nation, something you haven’t heard for quite a long period of time. We were a strong nation, and importantly we were a free nation. Now, we are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation.”
“I am tonight again announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” Trump proclaimed.
BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, announces his candidacy for re-election as president in 2024. pic.twitter.com/R7zBQmhLtk
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) November 16, 2022
Trump has also officially filed with the Federal Election Commission.
BREAKING: Donald J. Trump OFFICIALLY files FEC paperwork for 2024 Presidential run pic.twitter.com/RieRB5a8qG
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 16, 2022
I honestly don’t think that Pence has much of a chance of winning the nomination. Trump is still very, very popular with a lot of individuals within the Republican Party, and many have taken his side in the divide between the former president/vice president team. If he wants to have an actual chance of winning, he should probably put off running for at least another four years.