During a rally in Las Vegas on October 28, 2023, former Vice President Mike Pence declared he was calling off his presidential candidacy.
According to a story from The Associated Press, Pence said at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas, ” Following much prayer and thought, I have made the decision to suspend my candidacy for president beginning today. We knew this was going to be hard, but I don’t feel bad about what I did.”
Pence was the fifth Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the race. The others were Francis Suarez, mayor of Miami, Will Hurd, former congressman from Texas, Perry Johnson, a businessman from Michigan, and conservative radio presenter Larry Elder.
The candidate for president raised $1.2 million in his first quarter of fundraising. He is a past vice president. According to the information he gave to the Federal Election Commission, Pence raised $1.1 million in the second quarter. To end the third quarter of fundraising, Pence had $3.2 million in cash on hand. He had raised $3.4 million during the quarter.
From the very beginning, the former vice president’s bid was doomed to fail. On the campaign road, he wasn’t very popular because of his fight with former President Trump regarding the controversial election outcomes for 2020.
RealClearPolitics recently found that Pence had only 3.5% of the vote in the 2024 national GOP primary. This was a long way behind Trump at 59.1%, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 12.6%, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at 8.3%, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy at 4.5%.
Pence has always been a part of the Republican elite. You can count on him to support politicians who keep things the same and protect wars that never end.
Pence and other people like him should be kicked out of any real America First nationalism movement that wants to limit immigration, be careful with foreign policy, and keep the government small. People who like the status quo, like Pence, are bad for politics and should be strongly opposed from now on.
Author: Blake Ambrose