Publish dateTuesday 6 June 2023 - 16:00
Story Code : 271317
Mike Pence, the former vice president of the United States, has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election
Pence’s campaign filed a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Monday and the 63-year-old is expected to launch his campaign on Wednesday in the early nominating state of Iowa.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: Pence, a 63-year-old evangelical Christian, filed his nomination papers with the Federal Election Commission ahead of an official declaration to be made by video on Wednesday in the early voting state of Iowa joining an already crowded primary field.

He spent his 2017-21 tenure as vice president honing his reputation as a loyal deputy who brought the religious right into the tent and who was willing to defend the president against any accusation.

But he became a pariah in Trump-world after rejecting the Republican leader’s demands that he overturns the 2020 election in his role as president of the Senate.

Berated constantly by Trump after Joe Biden’s victory and even heckled at a conservative conference with chants of “traitor!” Pence continued to praise the tycoon in public.

That eventually changed as Trump’s torrent of false claims of election fraud led to a mob chanting for Pence to be hanged at the US Capitol.

Since the riot, Pence has called out Trump for endangering his family and has emphasised his differences with the former president on issues ranging from the handling of Russian leader Vladimir Putin to abortion rights.

Pence has spent much of the last two years touring early-nominating states such as Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire to reinforce his political vision as a “Christian, conservative, Republican — in that order.” His entry doesn’t much change the dynamics of the race, which is divided into three lanes — runaway leader Donald Trump, Trump’s closest rival Ron DeSantis, and everyone else.
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