December 7, 2022

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Mike Pence said after Trump launched his candidacy, ‘I think we’re going to have better alternatives in 2024.

New York – Former US Vice President Mike Pence On Wednesday, the 16th, he said voters were “looking for new leadership.” The midterm elections are disappointing for RepublicansThey are now openly discussing whether their former boss, Donald TrumpTo play an important role in the party.

In an interview with The Associated Press a few hours later Trump announced another bid for the White House, Pence declined to say whether he thought the former president was eligible to return to his former position. But it has implicitly positioned itself as a viable alternative for Republicans seeking conservative leadership without the chaos of the Trump era.

“I think we’ll have better alternatives by 2024,” Pence said. “I’m very confident that Republican primary voters will choose wisely.” He said he and his family will be together during the holiday season, “and we’ll be really considering what our role will be in the coming days.”

Former Trump aide Mike Pence said the party should have better chances in 2024. Photo: John Minchillo / AB

Asked if he blamed Trump for this week’s Republican defeats, he said: “Certainly the president’s repeated attempts to re-enact the last election played a role, but … each candidate is individually responsible for his own campaign.”

Pence, who is considering his own presidential campaign, has been raising his profile by promoting his new memoir. “So help me God” (there is no Portuguese version), which was published on the same day that Trump announced his official bid for the White House. If Pence decides to move forward, he will be in direct competition with Trump, an especially uncomfortable clash for the former vice president, who spent four years defending Trump and refusing to publicly criticize him โ€” until January 6, 2021.

That’s when mobs of Trump supporters โ€” fueled by Trump’s lie that Pence could somehow overturn the election results โ€” stormed the Capitol building as he presided over the Democratic Party’s certificate of victory. Joe Biden๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท The Vice President was escorted to safety with his staff and family as some in the crowd chanted: “Activate Mike Pence!”

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However, Pence has been largely reluctant to criticize Trump beyond the agitation. That reluctance reflects the reality that the former president is so popular with the Republican base that Pence must win to win the primary.

“If I had been the first name on the ballot, that’s not exactly the kind of presidential style I would have promoted,” Pence said of his unlikely partnership with Trump. “But it was his presidency and I was there to support him and help him. And, until that fateful day in January 2021, I tried to do that.

Mike Pence certified Joe Biden's election victory on January 6, 2021, despite Donald Trump's pressure and capitol invasion.
Mike Pence certified Joe Biden’s election victory on January 6, 2021, despite Donald Trump’s pressure and capitol invasion. Photo: Erin Schaaf via Reuters

Pence said he had not seen Trump’s full announcement speech on Tuesday, but argued that voters were looking for a new, less controversial direction.

“You know, the president has every right to run again,” he said. But after campaigning across the country with the midterm candidates, “I have a real sense that the American people are looking for new leadership that will reflect the respect and civility that Americans show each other every day, and that will unify our country around our highest ideals.” , as we continue to carry forward the principles we advanced during this year’s service,โ€ he said.

As Republicans grapple with the fallout from elections that failed to take control of the Senate, Trump’s campaign has opened with only a narrow majority in the chamber. The results come despite deep concerns among voters about inflation and the direction of the country under Democratic Biden.

Trump has endorsed a long list of candidates in contested states, including Pennsylvania and Arizona, who lost general election races. While Pence said he was glad Republicans won the House, he acknowledged the election “wasn’t the red tide we all expected.”

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“My takeaway,” he said, “is that the candidates focused on the future, focused on the challenges facing the American people today, and the solutions to those challenges came up pretty well.” But those still questioning the 2020 results are โ€” as Trump demanded โ€” โ€œnot doing so wellโ€.

Pence wrote extensively about his experience in his new book on Jan. 6 and explained Wednesday.

“I’ll never forget the anger I felt that day, looking at those pictures on cellphones as we gathered in the loading dock below the Senate chamber. I can’t help but think about it, not here, not in America,” he said.

In that interview, she recalled her reaction to Trump’s tweets, which “directly criticized me at a time when there was a riot going on in the halls of the Capitol.”

“The president’s words were reckless and put my family and everyone in the Capitol building at risk,” she said. “The president decided to be part of the problem. I was determined to be part of the solution.

Asked what consequences Trump should face for his actions, Pence responded.

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“It depends on the American people,” he believed. “I absolutely will. And I will always be proud of the accomplishments of the Trump administration over four and a half years. President Trump is not only my president. He is my friend. We work together to advance the policies that elected us.

“It didn’t end well,” he admitted in an understated tone. “That sad day in January will always be the saddest day for me, the sadness of what happened to our relationship, the bad advice the president took from his team of lawyers, as I write in my book. He wasn’t allowed on the White House grounds, let alone the Oval Office.

Mike Pence and Donald at a Michigan rally in 2020;  The former vice president said he remained loyal to the president because he believed he was elected for a plan, despite differences of opinion.
Mike Pence and Donald at a Michigan rally in 2020; The former vice president said he remained loyal to the president because he believed he was elected for a plan, despite differences of opinion. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Pence and Trump have always been an odd couple โ€” the gruff, sultry New York celebrity and an ardent Midwestern evangelical who once wrote an essay on the evils of negative propaganda and says, as a rule, he never eats dinner alone with either. A woman who is not your wife. Trump was asked why he rarely spoke when he was hurling deeply personal insults at people like the late senator. John McCainPence said he actually signed it.

“As your vice president, I believe it is my role to be loyal to the president,” he said. “So, every step of the way, as I understand it, I believe I was elected vice president to support the presidency-elect of Donald Trump for the presidency.”

In fact, Pence writes in the book, even after January 6, the two “parted amicably as our service to the nation came to an end.”

“Over the next few weeks, from time to time, he would call me to talk and check in,” Pence said in the interview. โ€œBut when he turned to criticizing me and others who defended the Constitution that day, I decided it was best to go our separate ways. And [รฉ o que] We have [feito].”

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Asked why he was “amicably” parting ways with Trump over the president’s actions โ€” including his decision not to call Pence to check on his security while the riots were ongoing โ€” Pence said he believed the president was genuinely sorry when they met. First time. Time after day 6.

For the remaining 90 minutes, we sat and talked. I was very direct with the President. “I made it clear to him that I did my duty that day, and I felt real remorse for him,” Pence recalled. I encouraged him to take the matter seriously.

As for his plans for the future, when everyone asks if he plans to run, he and his family will get together for the holidays “and we’ll really consider what our role will be in the coming days.”/ AP

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