Pence files paperwork launching 2024 US presidential bid

Former vice president Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Federalist Society Executive Branch Review conference, April 25, 2023, in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)
Former vice president Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Federalist Society Executive Branch Review conference, April 25, 2023, in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Former US vice president Mike Pence files paperwork declaring his campaign for president in 2024, setting up a challenge to his former boss, Donald Trump, just two years after their time in the White House ended with an insurrection at the US Capitol and Pence fleeing for his life.

Pence, the nation’s 48th vice president, will formally launch his bid for the Republican nomination with a video and kickoff event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, which is his 64th birthday, according to people familiar with his plans. He made his candidacy official today with the Federal Election Commission.

While Trump is currently leading the early fight for the nomination, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis polling consistently in second, Pence supporters see a lane for a reliable conservative who espouses many of the previous administration’s policies, but without the constant tumult.

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