Former Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a major Republican fundraising dinner in New Hampshire, fueling speculation of a presidential run in 2024 — despite similar indications from former running mate Donald Trump.
The Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln-Reagan awards dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire, takes place in the state with the first primary in the nation.
The move follows a Pence speech in South Carolina, home of the earliest southern state primary.
“We’ve got to guard our values … by offering a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals,” Pence said in his South Carolina speech according to The Washington Times. “Over the coming months, I’ll have more to say about all of that.”
Pence ranks among several early Republican leaders noted as potential 2024 candidates. Others mentioned have included Florida Sen. Mark Rubio, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The biggest factor in the 2024 Republican primary will be whether former President Donald Trump launches a comeback.
The former president has teased a potential run. In a recent interview with Daily Wire host Candace Owens, Trump said, “I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
Pence has also taken a position with the Heritage Foundation since leaving office and hosts a podcast with the Young American Foundation, keeping the former vice president in front of millions of the nation’s conservative voters.