With Donald Trump entering the 2024 race rather early, (at least as far as tradition goes), there has been plenty of speculation as to who might find themselves jumping into the fray next.
In all honesty, there’s a good chance that most of the other potential candidates will be waiting to see just how much trouble Trump finds himself in on account of his litany of litigious and political problems before spending the resources to throw their hat in the ring.
This week, however, it appeared – at least briefly – that former Vice President Mike Pence was preparing for his own 2024 presidential bid. Well, at least until it didn’t appear that way.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has not filed paperwork to run for president in 2024 despite a filing with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.
A filing with the FEC that was processed on Monday indicated that Pence had officially thrown his hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential nomination, according to the agency’s website. However, a spokesperson for the former vice president quickly shot down the speculation, confirming in a short statement on Twitter that Pence “did not file to run for President today.”
So, what exactly happened?
It’s not clear who filed the paperwork on Pence’s behalf, with the former vice president’s spokesperson suggesting it may have been a prank, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. The Washington Examiner has reached out to O’Malley for further comment but has not yet received a response.
Former President Trump has been openly feuding with just about anyone who shown any interest in challenging him for the 2024 nomination, (and even some of those who are simply rumored to be considering it), and so any official move by Pence or his people to enter the race would surely be followed by a rather powerful statement from him.