**Former VP Mike Pence prepares to enter the race for the White House, launching his campaign next week and joining the list of GOP presidential contenders.**
The race for the White House is heating up as former Vice President Mike Pence gears up to kick off his presidential campaign on June 7th in Des Moines, Iowa. Afterward, Pence plans to visit New Hampshire and other early-voting states to drum up support.
On June 8th, the former VP is scheduled to participate in a Dana Bash-moderated town hall in Iowa, reported by Daily Mail. Pence’s entry into the race adds to the growing field of GOP presidential hopefuls, which already includes his ex-boss and former President Donald Trump, as well as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Senator Tim Scott, and Nikki Haley. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is also expected to announce his candidacy soon.
Since leaving office, Pence has distanced himself from Trump, even stating that the former President was wrong in expecting Pence to have the power to overturn election results. He made these claims last year during a speech before the Federalist Society in Florida.
In another unprecedented move, Pence testified in April before a federal grand jury investigating the events following the 2020 elections, as well as Trump’s actions leading up to the January 6th protest. His testimony marks the first instance of a vice president speaking about the president they served under in modern history.
Mike Pence, who served as a US Representative for 12 years and Indiana Governor for four years, has been quietly hinting at a 2024 presidential run for months.
However, even with an expanding pool of Republican candidates, Trump continues to lead the pack. According to a recent Morning Consult poll, Trump has a comfortable 56 percent support among GOP primary voters, while DeSantis trails at 22 percent. Notably, none of the other candidates garnered double-digit support.
**Next week’s campaign launch will officially mark Pence’s entry into the fray, setting the stage for an increasingly crowded and competitive field of Republican presidential candidates.**