Former VP Pence to announce White House bid: media

According to reports in US media on Wednesday, former vice president Mike Pence intends to announce his bid for the presidency in 2024 next week and challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

According to NBC News and other media reports, the 63-year-old Pence will officially begin his presidential campaign on June 7 with a speech in Iowa, the Midwest state that customarily ushers in the primary season.

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The 76-year-old Trump, who declared his intention to run for president a third time in November, is currently the undisputed front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination.

Last week, 44-year-old Florida Governor Ron DeSantis entered the race, and 60-year-old former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, another prominent Republican, is anticipated to do the same.

Along with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who wants to be the first Black Republican presidential contender, Nikki Haley, 51, a former governor of South Carolina and Trump’s first ambassador to the UN, is also running for the Republican nomination.

DeSantis, who has long been considered Trump’s most formidable opponent despite being impeached twice, has distanced himself from his former boss while recommitting to his nationalist “America First” program.

Christie was formerly a close friend of Trump, but the former president has come under fire from Christie for the attack on the US Capitol in January 2021 and his reluctance to surrender the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden.

The 80-year-old Biden declared his intention to run for office again in April and is anticipated to be the Democratic candidate in 2024.

Pence, a passionate opponent of abortion and an evangelical Christian, has been traveling the country recently, giving speeches in several of the areas seen to be crucial to the Republican nomination process.

The former vice president has been at odds with Trump after years of steadfast service ever since he refused to support his attempts to annul the results of the 2020 election and retain power.

Pence, an ardent conservative from Indiana, stated that history will hold Trump “accountable” for his role in the Capitol incident during remarks at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington in March.

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