Former Vice President Mike Pence officially filed to run for President in 2024 on Monday, teeing up a potential showdown between him and his former boss , former President Donald Trump, for the GOP nod.
Driving the news: Pence is expected to launch his campaign with an event in Iowa and a CNN town hall in Des Moines on Wednesday.
- Pence is backed by a super PAC called Committed to America, and his team is banking on his lengthy conservative track record and strong name recognition to resonate with voters.
- However, Pence is currently polling behind Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as well as former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who entered the race earlier this year.
Pence has been making frequent trips to early primary states like South Carolina and New Hampshire and has put a particular focus on Iowa, where he has visited roughly a dozen times in the past year.
Inside Pence’s play: The former Indiana Governor-turned-V.P. has built strong relationships with evangelical voters and has been willing to stake out clear positions on controversial issues such as abortion and entitlements.
- However, he has also been willing to break with others in the party on issues such as U.S. support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia