Former Vice President Mike Pence told Breitbart News that GOP candidates focused on the future and addressing issues facing voters today “did pretty well” in the midterm election. -mandate. He also said he and his family would give “prayerful consideration” over the holidays whether he intended to run for president in 2024.
Pence, who is promoting his new book so help me godbegan by congratulating the Republicans for regaining a majority in the United States House of Representatives.
“A win is a win. I was in Congress the last time we defeated a Democratic majority led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the day Pelosi hands over the gavel to Speaker Kevin McCarthy will be a great day for America and a opportunity for us to begin our journey back home. The policies that the Trump-Pence administration has proven make our country safe and prosperous and guarantee the vitality of our freedoms,” Pence said. “I welcome this and celebrate the election of a Republican majority in the House of Representatives without reservations.”
However, despite winning the lower house of Congress, Republicans were disappointed in House races and failed to retake the U.S. Senate and missed opportunities in a number of gubernatorial races. national scale. Asked to explain what happened, Pence said he believed successful candidates were those who focused on the future and solving the problems facing voters.
“That said, like most Republicans, I was hoping for more,” Pence said. “I have traveled to 35 states over the past year and a half campaigning for as many House members as gubernatorial and Senate candidates. I was hoping to see more. But I think there’s an underlying message at a time when so many Americans are suffering with record inflation, gas prices through the roof, a crisis on the southern border and a crime wave in our cities. I look at the election results and the candidates for House, Senate and Governor who have focused on the challenges facing the American people today and the solutions for the future have worked quite well. But, it seems that candidates who focused on the past didn’t fare as well. I remember being, the night before the primary, in Georgia which in some ways was contested along those very fault lines when I was campaigning for Governor Brian Kemp and I said then that the Republican Party was to be the party of the future. Governor Kemp would go on to win a landslide nomination, then he defeated the nation’s most formidable candidate and won a strong re-election as Governor of Georgia. I really think the takeaway for Republicans, especially those in the new Republican majority, is that we need to focus on what people are facing today and the challenges they’re facing today today and we must bring our country back to prosperity and security. we have known under the Trump-Pence administration.
Pence made it clear during the interview that he thinks there will be “better picks” than his former running mate, former President Donald Trump, in the 2024 presidential primary, even though he made the praise of Trump and the policies he and Trump championed during their administration. Trump announced last week that he was running for president again in 2024 – an announcement that came days before this interview with Pence.
As for his own future, Pence said he himself is considering running for the White House, but regardless of his decision, he will fight for the policies and values of the conservative movement in which he has spent his life. .
“In terms of our role, I can tell you that we will be prayerfully reflecting on the role we might play in the months and years to come as we come together over the Christmas holidays, but that I am a candidate for the presidency or whether I’m defending another candidate, I promise you that I will never stop fighting for the conservative policies and values that have defined my public life from the very beginning,” Pence said.
Asked if he would back Trump in the general election if he wins the nomination — even though he thinks there will be ‘better options’ in the primary this time — Pence didn’t. ruled out backing Trump but trusted GOP primary voters.
“I believe there will be better options. I believe there will be better choices. I have great faith in Republican primary voters,” Pence said. None other than Donald Trump could have beaten Hillary Clinton in 2016. Republican primary voters knew what we needed in a standard bearer in this election. I am confident that Republican primary voters will determine who would be our best flag bearer for the 2024 election. I will leave that to them and we will think deeply about what role we might play.