Former VP Mike Pence is reentering the public spotlight as he eyes a possible run for the White House in 2024.
He is writing op-eds, giving speeches, and joining conservative organizations. But he seems to have a unique challenge.
Former President Trump has not mentioned Pence during his interview earlier this month when asked to list those he considered to be future leaders of the GOP.
Trump named Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, among others, but not his former Vice President.
Pence is now seen with suspicion by many Trump supporters for his actions during the election confirmation.
“That was not a complete list,” said Trump adviser Jason Miller. Still, Trump took aim against Pence during his interview, saying that Pence had the authority to step in on the election certification.
Meanwhile, Trump has not said whether he will seek the White House again in 2024.
And Pence has attempted to give the appearance that the two have made up, bringing up their recent discussions with members of the Republican Study Committee. The two have talked numerous times after leaving Washington, according to sources for both leaders.
“Pence was very complementary to Trump and he said that they have been reminiscing about their accomplishments,” said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La, who was at the Study Committee.
While Johnson said the past tensions “adds some difficulty” for Pence, he said the former VP could overcome them with a focus on Trump’s achievements.
“He helped achieve those things and so he has some claim to that legacy,” Johnson said.
“If he does go for 2024, he is a top contender,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan, whose support might give Pence a boost if he launches a presidential campaign. “He is a powerful force to be reckoned with.”
Author: Scott Dowdy