(Video: Fox Business)
Former Vice President Mike Pence remained noncommittal Monday when asked about a potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 suggesting it’s not the “right time” for that decision.
Joining “Mornings with Maria” from Israel, Pence spoke with host Maria Bartiromo on a number of topics including his belief that the “time has come to sanction all oil and energy exports from Russia.”
With President Joe Biden expected to make an announcement on that subject, Pence pushed his political action committee, Advancing American Freedom (AAF), and their $10 million ad buy calling for Congress to “support America’s security instead of Russia’s terror.” Pence’s continued involvement in active politics brought Bartiromo to end the interview with a question on Pence’s future plans.
“Before you go, a word on 2024,” Bartiromo posited. “Do you want President Trump to run? Are you looking to get back into leadership?”
At the suggestion of a Trump run, Pence’s dour expression became relatively bemused as he appeared to suppress a laugh. “All of my focus right now is on 2022,” he suggested.
“I think we have a historic opportunity to reclaim majorities in the House and Senate,” he continued, “to elect great Republican governors around America and, in 2023, I’m confident the Republican Party will nominate a candidate who will be the next President of the United States of America.”
While AAF declares in its mission statement it “serves the Conservative Movement” and boasts advisory members like former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Pence has not been embraced by conservative organizations.
For the second year in a row, Pence only managed to garner one percent of the vote during the Conservative Political Action Conference annual straw poll. In fact, his tallies came closer to RINOs like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and former Govs. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and John Kasich (R-OH) than conservative stalwarts like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
Pence continued saying, “now more than ever with war in Europe and with an administration seemingly intent on weakening our country, driving our nation toward a European-style welfare state, we need strong Republican majorities on Capitol Hill and strong Republican governors and that’s what we are going to work to achieve.”
Ultimately, Pence said, “at the right time, my family and I will reflect and consider how we might participate in that process,” with regards to a future run.
However, Pence has continually featured himself as something of a divisive figure in the Republican party of late as recent comments at a Republican National Committee gathering appeared to malign anyone those opposed to American military involvement in Eastern Europe.
“There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin,” Pence said using the new favored slur of corporate media. “There is only room for champions of freedom.”
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