Former Vice President Mike Pence has unveiled plans to launch a new podcast aimed at America’s youth to attract ‘new hearts and minds to the conservative cause’.
The podcast will be one of a number of projects Pence will work on in the coming months as part of his newly revealed partnership with the Young America’s foundation (YAF), a conservative youth organization dating back to the 1960s.
Pence will join YAF as the group’s first Ronald Reagan presidential scholar, and his podcast will enable him to ‘share the good news of conservatism through one of today’s most popular mediums,’ the organization said in a statement.
He will also tour US colleges and speak on behalf of the organization to ‘deliver his pro-freedom message directly to the rising generation,’ YAF continued.
Additionally, Pence will be provided a platform to ‘publish a monthly op-ed on relevant issues and serve as a speaker at various student conferences hosted by the foundation.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has unveiled plans to launch a new podcast aimed at America’s youth to attract ‘new hearts and minds to the conservative cause’
In a statement, Pence said he was honored to be partnering with YAF.
‘Throughout its 60-year history, Young America’s Foundation has been a bulwark of the Conservative Movement, advancing the cause of freedom and ensuring our future leaders embrace America’s founding principles and I am honored to join YAF as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar,’ he said.
‘Long before I became Vice President to President Donald Trump, the vision and leadership of Ronald Reagan inspired my youth and I am humbled to continue the work of advancing the Conservative cause from a position bearing his name.’
He added: ‘Now more than ever, we need to take the case for freedom, free markets, and traditional values to the rising generation and I look forward to working with the great YAF team to ensure the torch of freedom shines bright for generations to come.’
Details regarding the podcast’s launch date or official name have not yet been revealed.
However, broadcasting on the airwaves will be familiar territory to Pence, who was a prominent conservative radio host in the Midwest for the better part of a decade, before he was elected to Congress in 2000.
The former Indiana Governor billed his presenting style as ‘Rush Limbaugh on decaf’ – a laid back version of the right-wing radio personality – and regularly hosted discussion on conservative and religious themes.
‘The Vice-President will certainly be focused on the conservative accomplishments of the last four years and projecting those accomplishments and lessons learned forward,’ a spokesperson for Pence told Politico.
Pence is not stranger to broadcasting on the airwaves, having hosted The Mike Pence Show in the Midwest before being elected to Congress in 2000
Pence left office last month amid strained relationship with former President Donald Trump following his certification of Joe Biden’s election win, and after the US Capitol riots.
His latest venture with YAF comes as an effort to re-establish himself among the upper echelons of the conservative moment, and step out of Trump’s shadow.
Earlier this week, the 61-year-old announced he was joining the conservative think-tank Heritage Foundation, as a distinguished visiting fellow concentrating on public policy.
Pence is also said to be eyeing a potential book deal, has plans to create a new fundraising committee, and is weighing a future presidential bid of his own in 2024.
The former Vice President, who recently returned from a vacation in Saint Croix with his wife Karen, is currently living in the suburbs of DC and places to keep a residence in the nation’s capital, as well as in his home state of Indiana.
Pence left office last month amid strained relationship with former President Donald Trump following his certification of Joe Biden’s election win, and after the US Capitol riots
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In a statement, Scott Walker, the former Wisconsin governor who is president of the Virginia-based YAF, said Pence would enhance the values of the conservative youth group.
‘Vice-President Pence has been a stalwart defender of individual freedom, traditional values, free markets, and limited government throughout his career of distinguished service to our country,’ Walker said.
‘Now, by partnering with YAF, the Vice-President will continue to attract new hearts and minds to the conservative cause. His energy and enthusiasm for Ronald Reagan’s values has and will continue to inspire a new generation of young people.’
The Young America’s foundation (YAF) is a conservative youth organization dating back to the 1960s
Reagan, the 40th US President, delivered a daily radio commentary while he was Governor of California in the early 1970s, in a YAF-sponsored venture.
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Biden spoke to California woman Michele Voelkert, 47, who is having a ‘tough time’ after getting laid off.
‘Keep the faith,’ Biden told Voelkert, of Roseville, who lost her job at a California clothing company Stitch Fix last summer.
With the new feature, Biden is reinstating a presidential tradition dating back to 1933, when former president Franklin D Roosevelt began hosting his evening ‘fireside chats,’ which ended under the previous administration.