Team Pence addresses 2024 filing rumors, suggests journos and pundits were ‘pranked’

Twitter caught fire after media outlets ran the story that former Vice President Mike Pence had officially entered the 2024 presidential race on Monday evening following the filing of a “statement of candidacy” with the FEC on his behalf, but a spokesperson denied he filed it.

“Former Vice President Mike Pence did not file to run for President today,” spokesman Devin O’Malley, who was press secretary for Pence when he was vice president, tweeted in response to the development. He appeared to suggest that someone “pranked” pundits and journalists.

Neither O’Malley nor the FEC is commenting on the filing but a second source from Pence’s team reportedly told NBC News “this is not real.”

According to Fox News, a “statement of candidacy was filed for ‘Mr Mike Richard Pence’ at 5:12 p.m. ET on Monday. Previous filings with the FEC have listed ‘Michael’ as Pence’s first name, not ‘Mike.'”

The filing appeared on the FEC website under “raw” filings that have yet to be processed by the commission. It is unclear who filed it.

Rumors have been swirling for some time that Pence is considering a run in 2024. He appeared to be considering the possibility during a nationwide book tour for his memoir “So Help Me God.” The former vice president has said for months he would make a decision in the new year on running after consulting with his family.

“The fact that people are now getting to know me and my family, our faith, our conservative convictions better, has been a great source of encouragement as we think about the way forward and what our calling might be in the future,” Pence told Fox News Digital in an interview in New Hampshire on Dec. 12.

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Former President Trump has already declared his candidacy for the GOP nomination. There is no love lost between Trump and Pence following the last presidential race results and it would be an unfriendly contest, to say the least, if Pence throws his hat in the ring. The former vice president is not nearly as popular as Trump.

And then there is the looming possibility that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may run. Other possible contenders include Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. None of them have announced running as of yet.

Pence flatly stated in November that he believes Americans will have better options than Trump to choose from in 2024.

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“I honestly believe that we’re going to have better choices,” Pence commented to Fox News. “I hear people saying that they would like us to move forward with leadership that will unite our country around our highest ideals and reflect the kind of respect and civility that the American people demonstrate to each other every day.”

“Candidates that were focused on the past, on re-litigating the last election, did not fare so well,” Pence stated. “There’s a real affirmation here that the Republican Party needs to be focused on the future.”

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