The 2024 Election is still two years away. But speculation over GOP candidates has been going on since 2021. Nobody has officially announced a campaign, not even Donald Trump. But the rumor mills have been churning over time, with recent moves by top Republicans.
Ron DeSantis visited Wisconsin in support of a local candidate–sparking speculation that he is gearing up for a national campaign. DeSantis has often come in second in GOP 2024 polls.
But he’s not the only name that could give Donald Trump a run for his money. A familiar face has been popping up at key locations. And it could suggest that this former Trump official is ready to take the reins.
Former Vice President Mike Pence will head back to Iowa next week, where he’ll be the featured speaker at a prominent Republican family’s annual gathering.
Pence’s trip to Iowa will mark his second visit in a month to the state that for a half century has kicked off the presidential nominating calendar, another potential signal that the former vice president is moving towards launching a 2024 White House campaign.
Pence will headline the 15th annual Kaufmann Family Harvest Dinner, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, in Wilton, a small town in eastern Iowa. Word of his visit was shared first nationally with Fox News on Thursday. [Source: Fox News]
Mike Pence has been active ever since leaving D.C. While some Trump supporters have soured on the former vice president (because of his role in certifying Biden’s suspect 2020 win), he has remained a fixture in Republican politics.
He has visited numerous states in recent months, speaking at special events and fundraisers.
The man has stayed quiet over his 2024, plan many believe he will launch a presidential bid. Iowa has long been center stage for presidential races, as being the first state to hold primary elections. Many presidential hopefuls have spent time in Iowa, long before the primaries, to establish relationships with voters.
But is this a sign that Pence will be launching a 2024 bid? Pence hasn’t done well in most GOP primary polls. And if Trump runs again, Pence will be running against his former running mate.
Pence, like Ted Cruz, could be waiting to see Donald Trump’s plans. Should the 45th president decide not to run, it’s anyone’s game. Pence would be a top contender to unseat Joe Biden (or whoever they have running as a political puppet at that point).
It doesn’t seem Pence is waiting, though. He appears to be making strategic moves, to get ready for a 2024 run.
Author: Kit Fargo