Former Vice-President Mike Pence joins White House race

By Rek Hanibal Published on June 05, 2023
Former Vice-President Mike Pence joins White House race

Mr Pence, 63, is set to formally launch his campaign with a video, speech and town hall event in the early-voting state of Iowa on Wednesday.

The move pits him against Donald Trump, the man he served in the White House for four years from 2017-21.

The former president is currently polling well ahead in the race.

Most opinion polls show Mr Pence in a distant third place, with support in the low single digits.

The former Indiana governor and congressman is expected to position himself as a continuation of the Trump administration's conservative agenda without the baggage.

Mr Pence, who describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order", was an unswervingly loyal deputy to Mr Trump through much of their four years in office.

But he has distanced himself I from his old boss since the riot by Trump supporters at the US Capitol in January 2021.

Mr Trump pressured Mr Pence to overturn Joe Biden's election victory when he presided over the certification of results in Congress and admonished him for lacking "courage" when he refused.

Some rioters were heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence" as they stormed the halls of Congress, and many Trump loyalists view him as a traitor.

The former vice-president said in March that Mr Trump's encouragement of the rioters had "endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day".

Rek Hanibal

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