April 17, 2024

Mike Pence Diverts Himself From ‘Trade Insults’ With ‘Old Friend’ Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence backed away from “trading insults” with his former boss after a registered Independent voter questioned whether he would stand up for him at a meet-and-greet event in New Hampshire.

Pence, who is set to challenge former President Donald Trump in next year’s GOP presidential primaries, listened when pollster – Tom Loughlin – gave him “honest commentary” on his White House prospects, ABC News reported.

“I would love to see you as President of the United States. I’m just going to give you an honest comment. I don’t believe you’ll ever be until the day you stand up to that man,” Loughlin told Pence.

Pence, who once said Trump should “never be president” because of his coup attempt on Jan. 6, 2021, fired back at the pollster’s statement.

“Some people think we did a lot of standing up two and a half years ago… I joined the ticket because there was an implicit promise that we would govern as conservatives and we did… but honestly, I think he doesn’t make such a promise today,” said the former vice president.

“I’m not interested in trading insults with my old friend. I am not. And some people think that’s the way to win the presidency. I can not. But the choice is laid out for the American people. We have done it. We will continue to do it.”

FILE – Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Family Leadership Summit earlier this month in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump currently trails Republican candidates by more than 44 percentage points in the national poll average, according to FiveThirtyEight.

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

Pence’s comments come about a month before Trump’s first GOP primary debate in Milwaukee. to forward a threat.

Several candidates have announced they have met the Republican National Committee’s unique 40,000 donor criteria for the debate including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s gift card.

Pence and his campaign have yet to indicate whether he has reached the threshold, ABC News noted.

Ó Lochlainn said he is “sick” over Pingin poll numbers – which falls behind Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy on average – and asked him to go after the former president.

“This man deserves better than that for the people of this country. He has to talk about the future. And he needs to talk about how dangerous that man is to our country,” Loughlin said.

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