Former Vice President Mike Pence announced he is running for the US presidency on Wednesday (7), starting a battle for the Republican nomination with his former boss, Donald Trump.
In a launch video released ahead of the start of his campaign later in the day in Iowa, Pence portrays himself as a Reagan Republican seeking to return America to conservative principles.
“It would be easy to stay on the sidelines. But that’s not how I was raised,” he says in the video. “That is why today, before God and my family, I announce that I am running for President of the United States.”
Pence’s presidential candidacy puts him in a unique position as he becomes the first vice president in modern history to challenge his former boss, who is the current favorite for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Though a staunch second-in-command to Trump, Pence broke with him by refusing to overturn the 2020 election results and chairing Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory on January 6, 2021.
Pence argues in the video – which makes no mention of Trump and does not feature footage of the former president – that “different times call for different leadership” and that the nation needs a leader “who appeals, as Lincoln said, to the better angels of our nature. .”
“We can bring this country back. We can defend our nation and protect our border. We could revive our economy and put our nation back on a balanced budget path, defend our freedoms and give America a fresh start in life,” says Pence.
Source: CNN Brasil
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