AColleagues of former Vice President Mike Pence are launching a new super PAC to bolster his long-awaited bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Former Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and veteran Republican strategist Scott Reed will co-chair the super PAC, called Committed to America PAC, per Politico. The group will reportedly launch publicly on Tuesday.
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Airmen during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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“The country is at a real crossroads and the Republican Party needs a strong conservative candidate who can win,” Reed said, according to the Associated Press. “Pence has the experience, unmatched character, communication skills and conservative credentials to win both the nomination and the general election.”
Bobby Saparow, the former campaign manager for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), will lead the group, while Hensarling is a longtime friend of Pence and previously served with him in the House of Representatives.
The launch of the super PAC is the clearest signal yet that the former vice president and Indiana governor will run for president. If he does, he will face a group of opponents, led by his former running mate and boss, former President Donald Trump.
In addition to Trump’s declaration for the Republican nomination, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson are also in the running. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has formed a presidential exploratory committee and will reportedly officially launch his campaign next week.
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If Pence were to declare, it might not even make him the former president’s primary Republican challenger. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has become a star of the Republican Party with his strong “anti-woke” efforts and anti-immigration policies. DeSantis is expected to announce his intentions sometime this month.
The Committed to America PAC is likely banking on the belief that while Trump has a collection of staunch supporters loyal to his cause, much of the Republican Party and the general population want a more traditional, less controversial conservative as candidate