Republican, former US Vice President Mike Pence will challenge his one-time boss, Donald Trump for the party’s 2024 White House nomination. He joins his other Republican peers, Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the race to the White House.
Pence’s campaign filed a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on June 5 and the 63-year-old launched his campaign on June 7 in the early nominating state of Iowa. A devoted social conservative and Christian, the former governor of Indiana has progressively distanced himself from Trump after rejecting his demands to overturn the 2020 election in his role as president of the Senate.
Pence has spent a great deal of the last two years visiting early-nominating states such as Iowa and New Hampshire to strengthen his political vision as a “Christian, conservative, Republican – in that order.”
He is positioning himself as a traditional Republican, concerned with fiscal responsibility and family values, and someone who can deliver Trump’s economic policies without the show. The senior Republican has also allied himself strongly with Ukraine and declined to discount cuts to welfare payments.