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Prelude to 2024: Mike Pence’s moves prepare the former vice president for a likely race for the White House


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Alexia Newman says she’s never seen tickets for one of her events sell out so quickly.

The executive director of the Carolina Pregnancy Center told Fox News that “all reserve seats have been sold out and have been sold out for a few weeks and we are still getting calls from people” regarding a May 5 dinner on behalf of the facility. which is headlined by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Newman said as of Friday, more than 1,600 tickets had been sold, with general admission seats still sold out.

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“We’ve never had one that sells out so fast. It’s amazing,” said Newman, who for more than three decades has run the Christian establishment that provides adoption counseling, supplies and services to women who decide to have an unplanned pregnancy.

The center, located in Spartanburg in the solidly red northwest corner of South Carolina, has become a go-to stop for some GOP presidential hopefuls in recent election cycles as they flock to the state of Palmetto to present their pro-life credentials to the social-conservative Republican primary voters in the state.

Former Vice President Mike Pence participates in a “fireside chat” with approximately 400 pastors gathered at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, in Columbia, South Carolina, on April 29, 2021.
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During his long political career as a congressman from Indiana to governor of the Midwestern state and then vice chairman in former President Donald Trump’s administration, Pence has long been known as a friend of the social conservatives as he pushed for restrictions on abortion. And Pence’s Spartanburg stop is one of the former vice president’s two accomplishments in the coming weeks in South Carolina, which hosts the south’s first primary in the race for the White House and hosts the third GOP presidential nominating calendar contest.

Pence will travel to the state capital to speak at the April 30 opening at Columbia International University, which describes itself as a conservative, Bible-focused school. Word of Pence’s speech at the school was first reported by Fox News in February.

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Since the end of the Trump administration 14 months ago, Pence has already made three trips to South Carolina, which for decades has played a pivotal role in deciding the eventual Republican flag bearer.

But South Carolina is far from the only early voting primary or presidential caucus state Pence visits.

Iowa’s Story County GOP announced Friday that the former vice president will deliver the keynote address at its annual Lincoln Highway Dinner in Ames on April 23.

And hours earlier, Pence will team up with Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra for an event in the conservative northwest corner of Hawkeye State. The shutdowns were first reported by the Washington Examiner.

Last year, Pence made two trips to Iowa, whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the calendar for presidential nominations. He also made two stops in 2021 in New Hampshire, which follows Iowa in the calendar and held the presidential primary in the race for the White House for a century. And in November, Pence traveled to Nevada, whose caucuses are the fourth contest on the GOP calendar.

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The trips to early voting states over the past year come as Pence criss-crosses the country in support and fundraising for his fellow Republicans on the campaign trail.

Prelude to 2024: Mike Pence’s moves prepare the former vice president for a likely race for the White House

Former Vice President Mike Pence, on a trip to New Hampshire, greets customers at Simply Delicious Bakery in Bedford, NH on December 8, 2021
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“This is the year likely candidates want to lay the groundwork to lay the groundwork in early primary and caucus states and Mike Pence has been a leader among potential candidates in doing just that,” Jim said. Merrill, a longtime New Hampshire-based Republican consultant. FoxNews.

Merrill, a veteran of many GOP presidential campaigns, said “Pence is very clearly preparing for a run for president. He’s doing it methodically and spending time in the right places to lay the groundwork for what I think will be a well-received campaign. for the president.

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On Thursday, Pence unveiled a detailed policy plan he dubbed ‘The Freedom Agenda,’ which he posted through Advancing American Freedom, the nonprofit policy group he launched last year shortly after leaving. its functions.

“Hello, Chris Ryan. Great to be back on New Hampshire Today,” the former vice president said the next morning as he joined a statewide New Hampshire radio show. . Pence also called Kelly Golden’s morning radio show in the South Carolina Lowcountry and Simon Conway’s afternoon radio show in Iowa, as part of a radio blitz for promote their new program.

Pence’s busy itinerary comes as the former vice president remains taciturn about his future political plans, especially in relation to his former boss.

Prelude to 2024: Mike Pence’s moves prepare the former vice president for a likely race for the White House

FILE: President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence for a Make America Great Again rally at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan November 2, 2020.
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For more than a year, Trump has repeatedly flirted with another run for the White House in 2024, and he did it again on Saturday night.

“We may have to start over,” the former president said of a possible third presidential campaign at a rally in Michigan.

Pence didn’t go that far in teasing his likely plans. He told Fox News during a visit to New Hampshire in early December that after the end of the midterm elections, “we will do as our family has always done. We will reflect and pray and reflect on where we could be used later.”

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And while Trump repeatedly questions his 2020 election loss to current President Biden, Pence stressed that “elections are always about the future.” , now more than ever, I think we need to focus on the historic opportunity we have to win back Congress, win state seats, elect conservative governors across the country.”

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Nikki Haley, who served as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, is traveling to New Hampshire on Monday to campaign with a former Trump State Department official who is running for Congress.

And the trip of Haley, a former two-term South Carolina governor who is considered a potential 2024 GOP presidential hopeful, will spark more speculation about her possible national ambitions.

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Haley will team up with Republican congressional candidate Matt Mowers at several stops, including a popular rally and fundraiser. Haley’s trip was first reported by Fox News last month.

Prelude to 2024: Mike Pence’s moves prepare the former vice president for a likely race for the White House

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley campaigns with GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers in Bedford, New Hampshire on October 1, 2020.
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Mowers is a leading contender in the crowded GOP primary field in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, a longtime swing House district that the GOP aims to turn from blue to red in the mid-election. November term.

The stop in New Hampshire will be Haley’s first since October 2020, when she campaigned with Mowers when she first bid for the seat. Mowers won the GOP nomination but lost the general election to Democratic Representative Chris Pappas by five points. Republicans view the two-term Pappas as vulnerable as the Democratic incumbent runs for re-election.

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Haley on Tuesday morning will headline a fundraiser for Republican state representatives in the Legislature and also hold meetings with party leaders and activists.

Haley isn’t the only potential Republican 2024 White House nominee to stop in New Hampshire this week.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in the state on Thursday.

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The Army veteran and congressman from Kansas, who served as CIA director and later as America’s top diplomat in the Trump administration, will headline the annual Lincoln Reagan fundraising gala Hillsborough County, to be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Manchester. Pompeo was last in New Hampshire last August.

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