Turncoat Mike Pence Drops Out of 2024 Presidential Race
On October 28, 2023, former Vice President Mike Pence announced he was suspending his presidential campaign at a speech in Las Vegas.
“After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today,” Pence stated during a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Las Vegas , per a report by The Associated Press. “We always knew this would be an uphill battle, but I have no regrets.”
In suspending his campaign, Pence became the fifth Republican presidential candidate to exit the race, following Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, former Texas Congressman Will Hurd, Michigan businessman Perry Johnson, and conservative radio host ñ Larry Elder.
The former vice president was able to take in $1.2 million in funding during his first fundraising quarter as a presidential candidate. Per figures from his Federal Election Commission filing, Pence pulled in $1.1 million in the second fundraising quarter. For the third fundraising quarter, Pence raised $3.4 million and capped off the quarter with $1.2 million cash on hand.
The former vice president’s campaign was dead in the water from the jump. His fallout with former President Donald Trump over the controversial results from the 2020 presidential election made him largely unpopular on the campaign trail.
Per the recent RealClearPolitics average for the 2024 national Republican primary, Pence enjoyed 3.5% support, well behind Trump with 59.1%, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 12.6%, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with 8.3% and conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy with 4.5%.
Pence is a fixture of the conservative establishment through and through. He can be counted on to defend never-ending wars and prop up candidates that maintain the status quo.
Any serious America First nationalist movement based on immigration restriction, foreign policy restraint, and small government would do well to purge the likes of Pence from its ranks. Establishment types like Pence are avatars of a political status quo that must be categorically rejected from here on out.