Pence Refuses To Endorse Trump or Biden

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On Friday, former Vice President Mike Pence made it clear he would not support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, unlike some of Trump’s former rivals such as Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott. 

Despite serving as Trump’s VP, Pence refused to endorse the former president, claiming he has abandoned issues important to conservatives, stating that he “could not, in good conscience,” offer his support.

Fox News discussed the issue with the former veep earlier in the week. 

Pence, whose relationship soured with Trump after the January 6 riots wherein the president faulted him for refusing to send disputed electoral slates back to state legislatures in his then-role as president of the Senate, said his announcement, however, should not come as a shock.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” Pence said on “The Story.”

“I’m incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world.”

Pence recounted how his presidential bid laid out the differences between himself and his former boss, and repeated his contention he did not have the right under the Electoral Count Act of 1887 – as Trump and some proponents claimed – to send disputed elector slates back to state legislators.

Pence also nailed Trump on his apparent change of heart when it comes to banning TikTok, which has been accused of spying on Americans on behalf of China. CNN noted that he “argued that the former president has walked away from conservative issues, pointing to Trump’s stance on abortion and US national debt and his reversal on TikTok.”

In February, Pence announced that he had launched a political advocacy group that intends “to invest $20 million this year to shape the conservative agenda, an effort to directly counter what Pence had previously described as populism ‘unmoored to conservative principles,’” reported The Hill.

“The first will be to shape political majorities by creating a policy platform for candidates to embrace “and reverse the Right’s drift toward populism and the Left’s embrace of socialism.”

The second piece is focused on championing conservative legislation and advancing Pence’s policy priorities, which include promoting free trade, limiting government spending, restoring U.S. leadership on the world stage, and confronting China.

The third and final part of the project is aimed at protecting conservative principles, such as limited government.”

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