Mike Pence to Headline Major GOP Fundraising Dinner in June, Fueling 2024 Speculation
Former Vice President Mike Pence is fueling increased speculation that he could be considering a bid for the White House in 2024.
From Fox News:
In a move that will spark further 2024 speculation, former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a major Republican Party dinner and fundraising event in early June in New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first primary in the race for the White House.
Fox News was first to report this past week that Pence will headline the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan awards dinner on June 3 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The former vice president’s appearance in New Hampshire isn’t the only event sparking speculation Pence is considering a run, with an appearance in South Carolina last week garnering similar rumors. South Carolina is third in the pecking order for presidential primaries and is the first southern state to get a say in the next nominee.
The appearances have been part of what has suddenly become a jam packed schedule for Pence:
On Friday Pence spoke at a donor appreciation gathering hosted by Karl Rove, the former President George W. Bush political adviser, longtime GOP strategist and Fox News contributor. The former vice president wasn’t the only potential 2024 Republican White House hopeful attending the gathering, which was held in Austin, Texas.
Also on the list were former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Tim Scott of South Carolina, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The former vice president also appeared at the the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, an event that featured another potential presidential contender in Sen. Ted Cruz.
But former President Donald Trump might have the largest say in who will lead the party into 2024:
A week after telling FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria” that he’s “100% thinking about running again,” Trump told conservative pundit Candace Owens that “it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
“You know, for campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing… Otherwise I think I’d give you an answer that you’d be very happy with. So we’re looking at that very, very seriously,” Trump added. “All I’d say is stay tuned.”
Trump also recently launched his own online communications platform, allowing him to communicate directly with his supporters in a similar way to social media. The new platform serves as a workaround for Trump, who has been banned by all of the major social media platforms since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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