Former Vice President Mike Pence strongly suggested he would rather his old boss, Donald Trump, not be the 2024 Republican nominee for president.
During an event Wednesday night hosted by the Georgetown Institute of Politics in Washington, D.C., Pence was asked if he would vote for Trump if he becomes the nominee.
“Well, there might be somebody else I’d prefer more,” Pence said, prompting a wave of applause in the room.
“You know, what I can tell you is I have every confidence that the Republican Party is going to sort out leadership,” he also said, according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
The reporter also shared that when asked about his own political ambitions, Pence said he and his wife, Karen, will “reflect at the right time, maybe in the months ahead, to determine what our calling is and to follow that calling, come what may.”
Trump, who won the 2016 presidential election with Pence as his running mate, lost his bid for reelection in 2020 to President Joe Biden.
There has been tension between the two ever since Pence resisted pressure by Trump and his supporters to stall the certification of Biden’s 2020 victory and send electoral votes back to several battleground states where GOP-led legislatures could try to overturn the results over supposed concerns about fraud and irregularities.
Pence has said in appearances afterward that he and Trump may never “see eye to eye” on what transpired on Jan. 6, but he has generally heaped praise on what the Trump administration accomplished in four years and did so again on Wednesday.
“By advancing principles of economic freedom, we became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. We held China accountable for trade abuses. We secured our border and reduced illegal immigration by 90%,” he said. “The armed forces of the United States took out the ISIS caliphate, took down their leader without one American casualty. The most dangerous terrorist in the world is gone.”
“It was the honor of my life to serve as your vice president,” he said.
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