Mike Pence is in the early stages of plotting a 2024 presidential campaign.
But Pence got some bad news.
And that is because Mike Pence heard one word about his political future that will keep him up at night.
Former Vice President Pence is still making the rounds at conservative conferences to drum up support for a potential 2024 presidential campaign.
The effort is not going well.
National polls of Republicans show Pence far behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a hypothetical GOP presidential primary should Donald Trump not run.
Pence is not seeing any better luck with the activist base of the party.
POLITICO described Pence as “flatlined” after receiving just one percent of the straw poll vote at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas.
“Many Iowa Republicans had seen the results of the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, released just days earlier, in which Pence flatlined, drawing no more than 1 percent support,” POLITICO reported.
Pence tried again to repair his relationship with conservatives at the Family Leadership Summit – a gathering of Evangelical conservatives in the key state of Iowa – and received a polite reception but Pence did not make much headway with Iowa GOP activists.
Vice chair of the GOP in Scott County,Raymond Harre, explained Pence’s predicament.
“I don’t imagine he’d have a whole lot of support,” Harre told POLITICO. “There are some Trump supporters who think he’s the Antichrist.”
Harre claimed Pence “did a good job as vice president,” and claimed the attacks against Pence were “kind of nutty.” But that, “I don’t see him overcoming the negatives.”
Iowa political operative Doug Gross echoed those sentiments.
“Who?” Gross said to POLITICO. “It’s just, where would you place him? … With Trumpsters, he didn’t perform when they really wanted him to perform, so he’s DQ’d there. Then you go to the evangelicals, they have plenty of other choices.”
Pence broke with Trump on the 2020 election.
Donald Trump claimed Democrats rigged the election with massive voter fraud in key states.
Trump demanded Pence reject the certified results of the Electoral College at the January 6 joint session of Congress.
Pence pointed to the Constitution and told Trump he had no such power.
Conservatives such as Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Tom Cotton agreed with Pence and explained it was unconstitutional for the vice president to reject results from the states since the states controlled the election process.
However, it looks like no amount of explanation or boasting about the achievements of the Trump administration will help Mike Pence rebuild his support with Donald Trump and large sections of his base.
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