Former Vice President Mike Pence Doubts Trump Will Win 2024 Republican Nomination: Party Will Have “Better Choices” in 2024

Former Vice President Mike Pence recently said he believes the GOP is ready to deviate from Donald Trump as the chosen candidate in the 2024 election while he weighed in on the field of potential Republican candidates who could challenge President Joe Biden’s reelection bid. 

“As I’ve traveled around the country over the last two years, people have repeatedly come up to me and said, ‘We want to get back to the policies of the Trump-Pence administration.’ But, I think there’s a genuine desire for leadership that could unite the country around our highest ideals and for more of the civility and respect that Americans show each other every day,” said Pence. 

Pence’s words follow President Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid for the 2024 Republican nomination for the presidency. The announcement drew criticism from some in the GOP. They argue that the focus should remain on the December 6 Georgia Senate runoff between Republican candidate Herschel Walker and Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock. 

“I’m out of politics now, and once you get out of politics, and you move back to Indiana, you realize that the American people actually get along pretty well most days, and it’s our politics that’s deeply divided,” said the former vice president. 

“I think I have a sense that the American people want a new style of leadership that’ll reflect the way they deal with one another every day,” Pence said, adding that the Republican party will have “better choices” available than to nominate Trump a third time. 

Pence argued Trump was the only candidate who could have defeated the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, said Trump was the “right man at the right time” in 2016 and voiced his pride in the Trump-Pence administration’s work while in office. He also touted the appointments made by Trump to the Supreme Court.

“I joined that ticket in 2016 without hesitation because I thought the country was in a lot of trouble, and it was…now I believe we’re in a different season in the life of the nation, and I don’t know what role my family and I will play in that debate over the next two years. We’ll work that out in the days ahead…” Pence added. 

Pence: Parting with Trump was ‘amicable’

The former vice president also dove into what he called an “amicable” parting with Trump in the first meeting after the January 6 incident at the Capitol.

“I was always loyal to President Donald Trump. He was my president, and he was my friend,” said Pence. “The only higher loyalty I had was to God and to the Constitution, and I made it clear to the president in the lead-up to that tragic day in January that I believed my oath to the Constitution, that ended with the prayer ‘so help me God,’ would require me to certify the election, an election that we lost…”

Former vice president Pence said that no one person should decide the presidency and that the decision belongs to the American people. 

“I went into his office, and …he asked me what I felt that day, and I told him I was angry. We had our differences, and seeing those people ransacking the Capitol infuriated me,” said Pence. “I was very candid with him; we were very straightforward with each other. I sensed, in the president, genuine remorse for what had happened.”

Former vice president Pence said he told Trump that he would never stop praying for him but said they later decided to go their separate ways after Trump continued to call Pence’s loyalty to the Constitution into question.