Vote for Trump in 2024? Pence says ‘there may be someone else I prefer’.

Former Vice President Mike Pence indicated Wednesday that he may not be inclined to vote for former President Donald Trump in 2024 if he launches another bid for the White House.

Asked by a student at Georgetown University if he would vote for Trump if he is the nominee in 2024, Pence replied, “There might be someone else I prefer,” an apparent nod to his own presidential ambitions.

In a speech at the Georgetown Institute of Politics, Pence reiterated that he and former second lady Karen Pence will pray over the decision on whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination “in the coming months” before announcing a formal decision.

Pence also condemned frayed civility in the country and called on students to defend the constitution, but he kept remarks about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, where supporters of the former president called for Pence’s death, limited.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a campaign rally in Traverse City, Mich., on Nov. 2, 2020, the day before Election Day. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Asked by a student if he would condemn the violence that unfolded on Jan. 6 and the continued “anti-democratic lies from Trump,” Pence offered a terse response.

“It was a tragic day,” he said.

In a February speech in Florida to the Federalist Society, Pence disputed Trump’s claim that he could have simply refused to certify the Electoral College count showing that Joe Biden had won the 2020 election.

“President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence said.

Since leaving the White House last year, Pence has embarked on a nationwide speaking tour, often campaigning for Republicans in state and federal races across the country, but spending some time in critical early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina. in tea. up to an expected presidency in 2024.

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