After a hiatus from politics for a couple of weeks, former vice president Mike Pence is back in action. On Thursday, he gained attention when he said that he is becoming a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation. On Friday he made another announcement saying that he is partnering with the Young America’s Foundation. Both these foundations are old, traditional and conservative in nature.
The former VP had set up a transition office by Wednesday and announcements followed. More announcements are likely to follow including the setting up of a nonprofit organization which could be the way forward to collect money for conservative causes.
Pence is following the famous “Carpe Diem” principle as he “seizes the day and works towards being a possible contender for the 2024 presidential nomination by the GOP. He is beginning his internal campaigning by lending a hand to those Republicans who are in the midterm election race across the nation in 2022.
Longtime GOP strategist Jim Merrill said that several presidential candidates begin their campaign by helping fellow Republicans in early primary and caucus states. In this process they make friends and also lay the foundations that would eventually lead to a campaign that goes straight to the White House.
Merrill says that he is expecting to see the former vice president in New Hampshire at the earliest and often as it is the first presidential primary state.
Mike Pence has indicated his willingness to travel around the nation and campaign for Republicans. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and RGA chairman Doug Ducey, who is also the governor of Arizona and a friend of Pence, when they served together in the executive committee, are said to be discussing a role for Pence in the future of the GOP.
A Republican source said that Mike Pence would be welcomed by candidates when he offers to campaign for them. This extended help up to 2022 could pay dividends that can be cashed in favor of a White House nomination.
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