Former Vice President Mike Pence is back and is reportedly laying the groundwork for a 2024 election run. If he runs for the White House in 2024, the former vice president is firmly reentering public life.

He’s writing op-eds, doing interviews, and creating an activist group expected to promote the previous Trump administration achievements, reports ABC News.

However, Trump’s unwillingness to discuss Pence during a recent podcast interview highlights the former vice president’s unusual situation. Pence, who developed a reputation as one of Trump’s most devoted supporters, is still regarded with skepticism by many Republicans for upholding his constitutional obligation in January to promote a peaceful transition of power to the Biden administration, a move that still enrages Trump.

To win a Republican presidential primary, Pence will have to reaffirm his commitment to Trump while defending his actions during the president’s final days in office, despite Trump’s insistence the election result was incorrect. 

“Anybody who can pull off an endorsement of Ted Cruz and become Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee should not be counted out,” said Republican strategist Alice Stewart, who served on Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016 when Pence endorsed him. “He has a way of splitting hairs and threading the needle that has paid off in the past.”

Pence’s aides are largely dismissive of talk about the upcoming presidential election. They say he’s concentrating on his family and the upcoming midterm elections, in which Republicans are expected to retake at least one chamber of Congress. 

Trump has not specified whether he will run for President in 2024. Other Republicans have made it clear that they will not concede the race to Pence if Trump is not there. For example, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Iowa and New Hampshire, two crucial primary states.

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