With Donald Trump in a number of political and litigious crosshairs at this moment, there is undoubtedly a nagging feeling in the backs of the minds of the GOP at large. They’ve got to be formulating a clandestine “Plan B” in case Teflon Don has lost some of his resilient coating over the last 6 years.
You can see this far-off worry beginning to manifest itself in the way some other prominent Republicans are posturing themselves. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, for instance, who’s been picking a number of high profile fights that have landed him in the limelight.
And then there’s former Vice President Mike Pence, who this week began to sound rather presidential when speaking to the press.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he “will not allow the Democrats” to use Jan. 6 to “distract attention from their failed agenda” and praised former President Trump’s record, while indicating, though, that his decision on whether to run for the White House in 2024 will not be impacted by Trump’s own re-election plans.
During a sit-down interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of a speech on economic policy at the University Club in Chicago, Pence reflected on the current state of the nation under the Biden administration, telling Fox News that President Biden is “embracing the politics of the radical left.”
“At a time when we have inflation at a 40-year-high, gasoline prices more than doubled since we left office, a crisis at our southern border, war in Eastern Europe, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, maybe this just comes from living back in Indiana again, but, those are the things I’m focused on, and frankly, those are the things people talk to me about everywhere,” Pence said. “The issues that are bearing upon the American people are, as is often the case, not what Washington is focused on.”
And then, pushing back against the January 6th select committee:
“Jan. 6 was a tragic day, and I know we did our duty, but I will always be proud of our record,” Pence told Fox News. “And I am not going to allow the Democrats to use that tragic day to distract attention from their failed agenda or to demean the intentions of 74 million Americans who rallied behind our cause.”
Pence hasn’t made any determination yet about his 2024 plans, but has chosen not to deny the possibility.
The religious former veep has repeatedly suggested that he’ll go wherever “he is called”.