theo AP, Mr Pence announced he would abandon his efforts to win the Republican Party’s nomination for the seat in the 2024 US presidential election on October 28, after a period of difficulty raising funds and gaining support.
“I see clearly: This is not my time,” Mr. Pence said at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.
The former US vice president told his supporters, “We always knew this would be a tough fight, but I have no regrets.”
The crowd expressed surprise and applauded Mr. Pence.
Mr Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet supporters after announcing he will run for the White House – Photo: AP
Mr. Pence also expressed his support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas and offered some thoughts on the state of the Republican Party, its future…
According to what two people close to the former Vice President have revealed AP,QMr Pence’s decision is said to be to avoid accumulating more debt as well as losing face over the possibility that he will not be eligible to participate in the third Republican debate in Miami on November 8.
Mr Pence was vice president under former US President Donald Trump and was considered a “traitor” by Mr Trump’s supporters when he refused to support the former president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results.
A joint poll between the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in August showed that 57% of American adults have a negative view of Mr. Pence, while 28% have a positive view.
As a former US Vice President, Mr Pence became one of the prominent names when he announced the launch of his election campaign in June this year. However, he struggled to win support even in places where he had the most hope, like Iowa.
Mr Pence also had difficulty raising money despite many long-term relationships. At the end of September he had only $1.18 million in the bank and $621,000 in debt.
Mr Donald Trump, who is still the No. 1 name for the Republican presidential nomination, did not mention the former deputy general’s announcement in his speech at the same event.
Another strong rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also did not mention Mr Pence in his speech, but praised him later in a social media post.
Meanwhile, in speeches by two other opponents, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the country was grateful to Mr Pence; South Carolina Senator Tim Scott called him “a man of integrity and deep commitment.”
Despite the retreat, Mr. Pence’s team plans to continue supporting policies that the former vice president pursued during the election campaign, including more support for Ukraine, proposing ways to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits. Is included. credit control…