Vice President Mike Pence just denied a New York Times report suggesting that he is preparing for a possible run for the White House in 2020. Pence’s office released a written statement on Sunday calling the “allegations” in the Times article about individuals in the Republican party starting “a shadow campaign” as “categorically false.” He also said that this represents “the latest attempt by the media to divide” the Trump administration.
The article in the Times also reported on Saturday that “in interviews with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials, donors, and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty. The uncertainty (according to the New York Times) is the doubt of whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning.”
The Times outlined how Vice President Pence has made decisions that include establishing a political fund-raising committee, filling his busy schedule with political events like keynoting at lease eight Republican gatherings since February and hosting private meetings for elite party donors at his residence.
The Vice President said in his Sunday statement that the article “is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.” Pence praised President Trump saying, “we are rebuilding the military,” that ISIS is “on the run,” and that more than a million jobs have been created even as the stock market hits all-time highs.
“The American people know that I could not be more honored to be working side by side with a president who is making America great again,” Pence said. “Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd,” he added.
Pence, in fact, did establish his political action committee, the Great America Committee, but that was to help raise money to get pro-Trump candidates elected. Nick Ayers, Pence’s chief strategist, told CBS News that any speculation that the PAC is anything more than a vehicle to help other candidates. The PAC is to pay for the vice president’s political travel and a “legal necessity” to “all of Pence’s political assets in an entity that he could use” is just speculation.
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