Former Vice President Mike Pence has signaled he’s running for president in 2024 — even if that means going up against his former boss.
Former President Trump, despite being the presumptive frontrunner, does not appear to be clearing the field.
In The Atlantic magazine Tuesday, Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, strongly hinted the ex-veep plans to run whether or not Trump does too.
If Donald Trump runs for president in 2024, former VP Mike Pence wouldn't necessarily stay out of the race. Pence will decide whether to run independent of Trump or any other potential Republican rival, his former White House chief of staff says.https://t.co/voZcrPIO76
— Peter Nicholas (@PeterAtlantic) November 30, 2021
“If you know the Pences, you know they’ll always try to discern where they’re being called to serve,” Short said. “And I don’t think that is dependent on who else is in or not in the race.”
MORE GOP JOSTLING
Pence isn’t the only erstwhile Trump acolyte whom the former president has to worry about in 2024.
- Trump is reportedly annoyed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won’t publicly promise not to challenge him.
- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last month said he would be willing to run against Trump — and any Republican who couldn’t say the same shouldn’t be president.
When then-Vice President Thomas Jefferson successfully challenged then-President John Adams in the election of 1800 it nearly tore the country apart, according to historian Ed Larson.
The Election of 1800, pitting Adams against Jefferson, was a bitterly contested affair. Pulitzer-winning historian Ed Larson tells story of the campaign that nearly tore the country apart before ushering the first peaceful transfer of power in US history. https://t.co/RdYuUmxY3p pic.twitter.com/IJbobRxaBy
— Monticello (@TJMonticello) November 5, 2020