May 24, 2022

Columnist: Best place for Mike Pence in 2024 is on ‘the sidelines’

Though former Vice President Mike Pence has declined to rule out the possibility of a 2024 White House run, Kimberly Ross argues in a recent column for the Washington Examiner that he really should remove himself from the fray in the next presidential election cycle.

As the New York Post noted earlier this month, Pence told Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business that while his current focus is on helping elect Republicans in the 2022 midterms, he plans to “reflect and consider” ways in which he “might participate” in national politics after that, clearly leaving open the options of a presidential campaign.

In Ross’ estimation, however, there are a number of key reasons why Pence would do the nation a much more significant service by personally sitting out the 2024 race, most of which – in one way or another – have to do with his history with former President Donald Trump.

The columnist explains that regardless of how much name recognition Pence possesses, voters on both sides of the aisle have their respective bones to pick with the former VP, and they are far from insignificant.

According to Ross, Democrats – even those disappointed in President Joe Biden – are unlikely to ever absolve Pence of his connection to Trump, and his defiance of the former president’s wishes on Jan. 6, 2021, are almost certainly insufficient to bridge the gap.

On the Republican side of the aisle, Ross believes Pence is seen as having shown unacceptable disloyalty to Trump during his bid to expose what he believed to be outcome-altering fraud and misconduct in the 202- election.

As such, Ross says, Pence is unpopular with voters of all stripes – albeit for very different reasons – and will therefore do little to bolster Republican chances of reclaiming the Oval Office.

“Yes, the GOP desperately needs realignment,” Ross contends. “But former Vice President Mike Pence can best affect the GOP, and his legacy, from the sidelines.”

Whether Pence will indeed throw his hat into the presidential ring in 2024 remains to be seen, but according to Trump, one specific role for which he will certainly not be considered is that of his running mate, should he decide to run again himself. “I don’t think the people would accept it,” the former president recently declared, in apparent agreement with Ross’ general assessment of where the country’s sentiments lie.

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