Mike Pence further fuels speculation of 2024 run as he will headline in June a $100 per person GOP fundraiser in first primary state of New Hampshire
- Mike Pence will headline the June 3 Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan fundraiser in Manchester, New Hampshire
- Tickets are $100 per person, but a $250 VIP reception ticket will earn attendees a picture with the former vice president
- The event is the latest to fuel speculation that Pence is considering a 2024 bid
- His first public speaking event since leaving office was in South Carolina, the third GOP primary contest state, on April 29, 2021
The Hillsborough County GOP‘s annual Lincoln Reagan fundraiser and dinner boasts Pence as the main event. Regular tickets are $100 per person or guests can buy a VIP reception ticket for $250, which includes a photo with the forearm vice president.
The location of the event is not insignificant as New Hampshire has for the last century held the first primary race for the White House after Iowa hosts its caucuses.
Pence has been fuelling speculation more often recently that he could seek a bid for the White House after maintaining in the D.C. metro area after leaving office and slowly reentering the public eye.
Mike Pence will headline the June 3 Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan fundraiser in Manchester, New Hampshire where $250 VIP reception tickets will earn attendees a picture with the former vice president
Before the upcoming fundraiser was announced, Pence traveled to South Carolina, which is the state that votes third in the GOP nominating contest after Iowa and New Hampshire. This was the first time Pence gave a formal address since the end of former President Donald Trump’s administration on January 20.
During the remarks, Pence previewed he would be ‘pushing back on the liberal agenda’ of Biden’s administration in the coming months.
‘We’ve got to guard our values,’ the former vice president said, claiming Republicans need to offer ‘a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals.’
‘Over the coming months, I’ll have more to say about all of that,’ he added during the speech.
On Friday, Pence traveled to Austin, Texas to speak at the Texas Victory Committee Donor Appreciation Conference, which was hosted by the former political advisor to George W. Bush and longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove.
Earlier that week, the former Trump administration’s No. 2 spoke at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump headlined that event, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is also flirting with a presidential run, also spoke.
Pence addressed the gathering over video.
After leaving office, Pence and former second lady Karen Pence moved to a Virginia outskirts of Washington, D.C. – rather than returning to their home in Indiana. He joined the conservative Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow.
Shortly after the move, Pence began reentering the limelight by writing op/eds and participating in speaking engagements.
Pence has made no formal announcement or official moves toward a run, but all actions lean towards indicators he is setting himself up for an announcement.
While Trump has been highly critical of his former No. 2, Pence praised the past administration during his speech in South Carolina last month.
The event is the latest to fuel speculation that Pence is considering a 2024 bid. His first public speaking event since leaving office was in South Carolina, the third GOP primary contest state, on April 29, 2021
Trump, on the other hand, in complaining of the GOP not fighting hard enough to overturn the 2020 election results, targeted Pence.
‘Had Mike Pence referred the information on six states (only need two) back to State Legislatures, and had gutless and clueless MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell (he blew two seats in Georgia that should have never been lost) fought to expose all of the corruption that was presented at the time, with more found since, we would have had a far different Presidential result, and our Country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare! Never give up!’ he wrote in a statement posted from his new ‘From the Desk of Donald J. Trump’ webpage.
Trump has all but formally announced he is running for president in 2024, telling conservative radio host Dan Bongino last month he will wait until after the 2022 midterms to make an announcement.