Former Vice President Mike Pence has been a very busy man ever since he left the White House back in January, with many commentators now believing that Trump’s number two could be planning a run for the presidency in 2024.
On Wednesday, Pence launched his own advocacy group known as the Advancing American Freedom (AAF) group, which is designed to merge together sections of the traditional conservative movement alongside ‘Trumpism,’ with the hope of creating a strong and unified Republican party.
Will this spark a Pence presidency?
According to the Washington Examiner, the AAF group will seek to defend the record of the Trump-Pence administration from their first term, as well as building on what they describe as a ‘winning formula’ within the Republican party.
The group is comprised of a boardroom that contains all sorts of key conservative figures and former Trump officials, laying out the groundwork for a potential Pence Administration if he were to run in 2024.
Members include former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner, Club for Growth President David McIntosh, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Attorney General in the Reagan Administration; Ed Messe, ex-Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow, ex-Trump OMB Director Russ Vought and Trump aide Kellyanne Conway.
Mike Pence has also recruited Paul Teller, who served as the Chief of Staff for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee and as a Deputy Assistant to the former President Donald Trump; to serve as the AAF’s Executive Director.
If Mike Pence were to make a successful run for the presidency in 2024, it would appear that he already has a capable team ready to serve in key positions of his administration, with no doubts about what positions they would be nominated for.
On top of the formation of the AAF, CNN reported that the former VP has also signed a multi-million-dollar book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster.
This adds to the potential for a Pence run in 2024, as he would be able to use this deal to publish multiple best sellers in order to get his vision for the United States into the hands of the American public.
A spanner in the works?
However, a Pence run in 2024 is yet to be confirmed and could be set back even later due to his former boss, President Trump.
Upon the formation of the AAF, Trump expressed his admiration and support for the work that Pence is putting in, stating that it was ‘nice to see’ the former VP ‘highlighting some of our many achievements.’
However, Trump very may well throw another spanner into the works, by announcing his own run for 2024.
Whilst that is still yet to happen, the rumours will still circle, especially since the former President refuses to shut them down, continuously promising that ‘the best is yet to come.’
The American public, and indeed the world, won’t know if Trump intends to run again in 2024 until after the conclusion of the 2022 midterms, as sources close to the Republican favourite state that his focus is on helping the Republican party reclaim the House and the Senate.
If Trump runs again, a Pence nomination will be doomed to fail, however, if his former boss steps aside, then Pence 2024 will no longer seem too farfetched.
Only time will tell.