It's official. Donald Trump's former vice president, Mike Pence, is competing against his boss and the rest of the candidates for the Republican Party nomination for the 2024 presidential election. Pence, who has been in pre-campaign for some time, has officially presented the papers that make him a candidate and is scheduled for this week the launch of his campaign.
Pence faced Trump in the last stretch of his term, when the then-president refused to admit his hefty defeat in the November 2020 election against Joe Biden and resisted an orderly transition of power. The former vice president has had to testify as a witness in some of the judicial investigations opened against his former boss.
The Republican primary is very crowded. The big favorite is Donald Trump. His main rival is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Further away in the polls is Pence himself. Also entering the Republican primary race are the former US ambassador to the UN and former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley; the only black Republican senator, Tim Scott; former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison; the billionaire entrepreneur of the world of biotechnology and scourge of the woke ideology Vivek Ramaswamy; businessman Perry Johnson; political commentator Larry Elder, and politician and businessman Rollan Roberts, son of the West Virginia senator of the same name.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a declared enemy of Trump, is expected to present his candidacy on Tuesday. In addition, other names sound, some as probable, others more speculative, such as the governors of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, and Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, among others.
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