Former US Vice President Mike Pence has plans to announce his bid for the White House next week. With a resolve that rings bold in the ears of his former boss, Donald Trump, Pence's decision is set to stir the waters of an already crowded Republican primary.
June 7, Pence's 64th birthday, is not merely a day of cake and candles but marks the beginning of a rigorous presidential campaign. The day's agenda begins with the release of a campaign kick-off video, followed by a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, and concludes with a scheduled interview with CNN.
This news comes via sources familiar with the matter who divulged the information to multiple newspapers. As a devoted evangelical and firm opponent of abortion, Pence played a crucial role in securing religious votes for Trump during their 2016 run.
However, his recent years have been marked by a gradual divergence from Trump, following the unsettling event of Trump's supporters storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
From Loyalty to Independence
The infamous storming of the Capitol, considered an attack on the bedrock of American democracy, was a critical turning point in Pence's political journey.
As vice president, Pence was in charge of the Congressional session intended to confirm Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential elections.
Pence's Challenge: Stigma or Strength?
This schism has resulted in many Trump supporters labeling Pence a "traitor," casting a shadow over his presidential prospects.
Yet, others believe his experience and resilience could turn the tide in his favor. Longtime Republican consultant Colin Reed extolled Pence's vast political experience, "Pence has got experience in Congress, as a governor, and in an administration, and that’s a powerful trifecta." He added that Pence's previous trials have shaped him into a formidable contender.
"He’s been through the fire before... and you discount what that experience brings." Regardless of the hurdles that lay ahead, Pence's presidential announcement signals an intriguing chapter in American politics, promising an engaging race towards the White House.
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