Less than a year later riots erupted in the US Capitol over his refusal to oust then-President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the country to lay the groundwork for a White House petition in 2024, according to the report. a few people close to him.
Pence plans to visit Georgia, Florida and Texas in the next two months, according to someone familiar with his schedule.
There are national races voting for votes in all three provinces, and they are among the richest delegates in the Republican nomination process. Pence is also planning to give a February lecture at Stanford University in California - a country with a large number of delegates playing in 2024 - the source said.
Pence will probably not make a final decision on the campaign until after the mid-2022 election, but he is consolidating his political career to better position himself in the election, according to a few people close to him who spoke to NBC News on the. condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations.
Pence's return to politics comes 11 months after a Trump-sponsored protest erupted on January 6, and was overshadowed by the unresolved anger of activists over what appeared to be a vicious attempt to control the electoral vote in Congress.
On Wednesday, Pence, 62, traveled to New Hampshire, the first presidential polling station, where he collected money for GOP regional Senate candidates, spoke at an event organized by the Heritage Action party and met with voters at the bakery.
He is honoring his message in the 2020 election - a balance between what he calls "irregularities" in voting and his role in securing the victory of President Joe Biden after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol trying to block him.
Perhaps most importantly, he and his team have been fond of sponsors for bids, both at the August conference and in private talks.
All of that adds to the foundation of the presidential campaign. Most Republicans believe the nomination is Trump's - if he intervenes. Pence has told people in his constituency that Trump's decision will not affect his thinking as he puts himself in his traditional Republican campaign, sources close to the former vice president said.
But Trump has given all the clues that he will run - holding rallies, raising money and allowing candidates - and it is hard for some Republicans inside to think that Pence would make a decision without Trump.
"People should say that, but I don't think it's true," said Dan Eberhart, Republican chief financial officer.
Eberhart does not see the former vice president winning the Republican nomination. "Maybe I'm playing a movie early," he said, "but I don't see how Pence gets out of the ground."
Pence's allies say the former vice president has his own "route" within the GOP and will be able to take advantage of those who support his Republican tradition.
In public, Pence plays down the urgency of the decision-making process, but not that he will run. In the meantime, he plans to play a key role in supporting GOP candidates in next year's mid-term elections, including visiting competing provinces and regions.
"To be honest, all I am focused on is 2022 because I think we have a historic opportunity not only in winning elections, but also in re-election," he told the Associated Press on Wednesday. "So I give all my energy to the process of really winning the ANC and winning the seats in 2022. Then in 2023, we will look around and go where we are called."
Voting indicates that Trump is the current favorite of Republican voters, and the two men have repeatedly argued over Trump's false and baseless allegations that his loss in 2020 was also fraudulent and due to Capitol violence.
Pence walks down the aisle on Capitol Road: While he himself was in danger and said he and Trump would never see "eye to eye" on the issue, he has accepted the false claim that there will be "irregularities" in the 2020 election.
Trump defended supporters shouting "hang Mike Pence," who nailed a log under the Capitol and tracked down the then vice president as his security team rushed him to safety. On Wednesday, Trump called Pence a "good man" but said the incumbent made a "grave mistake" by refusing to disrupt the counting of election votes in Congress.
Short, who co-chaired the House of Inquiry into the January 6 violence, pushed Pence away from Trump and discouraged him from trying to reconcile, according to a source familiar with the talks. The shortcut blames Trump for his role in the unrest, a source said.
Pence is not alone in testing the water to intervene in the presidential bid. A handful of other nominees for the Republican nomination, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., And Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Recently visited the states hosting the early selection competitions.
And assisting party representatives in the mid-term elections, which is a long-respected way to build influence, allows presidential hopefuls to travel around the country, raise money and meet with voters.
A spokesman for Pence said the former deputy president could not be reached for comment. But Pence's colleague described his return to the political arena as a first step in much more work to be done to open up a full-fledged campaign.
"There is a way, you must continue to take every step," said the alliance, who did not want to be named because he was not authorized to discuss Pence's negotiations.