Washington D.C. – In a surprising move, Former Vice President Mike Pence has announced that he will not be running for president in 2024. Pence released a statement on Monday, June 7, stating that he has decided to focus on his family and faith, and will not be entering the race.
This announcement comes after weeks of speculation following reports that Pence was planning to launch his campaign next week. The news sent shockwaves through the Republican party, as many saw Pence as a potential frontrunner for the nomination.
Pence’s decision not to run leaves an opening in the field for other potential candidates, including former President Donald Trump, who is widely expected to announce his candidacy soon. Other notable names in the mix include former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and current South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
Despite his decision not to run, Pence remains a popular figure in the Republican party and is sure to play a role in the 2024 election. In his statement, Pence thanked his supporters and said he looks forward to continuing to support conservative candidates across the country.
“I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement of so many Americans as I considered running for president,” Pence said. “While I will not be a candidate in 2024, I will do everything in my power to support our Republican nominee and ensure that we take back the White House.”