Mike Pence will not participate in the US presidential election. The former vice president dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination on Saturday.
Pence announced his decision at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. “I say to the American people: This is not my time.”
Pence, 64, had been struggling for months to attract sponsors to his campaign. According to polls, he has no chance of becoming the Republican presidential nominee. According to those polls, Donald Trump is the favorite.
Pence took a swipe at Trump during his announcement on Saturday. He called on Americans to vote for “someone who will bring out the best in us and demonstrate dignified leadership.”
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Pence turned on his former ‘boss’
Pence served as Vice President under Trump from 2017 to 2021. After their tenure ended, there was a rift in the relationship between the two. Trump hoped Pence would beat Joe Biden’s confirmation of a presidential victory on January 6, 2021.
Partly to put pressure on Pence, Trump rallied his supporters. This led to a storming of the Capitol. Pence later distanced himself firmly from Trump. He has also testified against the former president in the investigation into the storm attack.
Pence tried to present himself as a better alternative to his former president. But many Republicans believe he betrayed Trump.
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