Pence hits the 2024 circuit

In June, Pence will travel to Southern California to speak on the future of the Republican Party at an event organized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Institute. A day later, he will lead the Republican National Committee’s summer donor retreat with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another potential hopeful for 2024.

That same month, the former vice president will travel to South Carolina, an important early primary state, to raise funds for newcomer Republican MP Nancy Mace. He will also speak at a Heritage Foundation Donor Summit in North Carolina.

In September, Pence will address the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a biennial event on Mackinac Island, Michigan that has long been drawing prospective presidential candidates.

People familiar with Pence’s plans expect him to help other Republicans, including governors, in the 2022 election. Pence, a former Indiana governor, has a close relationship with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who chairs the Republican Governors Association. Ducey has also come under fire from Trump lately. The former president accused him of not giving sufficient support to a recent review of the state’s election results.

Pence gave his first speech since leaving office in Columbia, S.C. on Thursday, addressing the Palmetto Family, an evangelical organization. During his speech, Pence extolled the Trump administration’s record and criticized the Biden White House as “radical”.

South Carolina could be a focal point for Pence should he run for president, given its sizeable number of Christian Conservatives, a group the former vice president has long courted. The state is also home to former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, another potential Republican 2024 contender who had a simmering rivalry with Pence.

As Trump parses a comeback offer for 2024, other Republicans have been testing the president’s waters. Several potential candidates appeared at an RNC-hosted donor retreat in South Florida earlier this month, and Rove’s event will feature a long list of potential candidates, including Pompeo, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

While Pence’s later break with Trump complicated his political future, the 61-year-old former vice president pushed his own plans forward. He recently announced a book deal with Simon & Schuster and is expected to release a podcast soon.

Pence has also tacitly raised money for a newly formed political group, Advancing American Freedom.

Earlier this month, Pence had surgery to install a pacemaker after experiencing a sluggish heart rate.

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