Quick edit: Pence’s long shot
The latest to enter the fray is former vice president Mike Pence, who served under Donald Trump
The race for the Republican nomination for the US presidency has got crowded. The latest to enter the fray is former vice president Mike Pence, who served under Donald Trump. Florida governor Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, North Dakota governor Doug Burgum and former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, among others, also are in the race. Pence’s announcement, though, is notable as it is rare for any American vice president to have stood against the president under whom one has served. From being a strong supporter, Pence turned foe after the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol, which he said Trump encouraged. He hadn’t supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, too, and has said that he sides with democracy. Trump, however, won’t be rattled. Pence’s popularity is low, and Trump’s big support base among the staunch Republicans is unlikely to take kindly to Pence’s past positions, which appear to align more with the Democrats. In fact, Trump would only be pleased. A crowded race would splinter the Republican vote that is not in his favour and put him ahead.
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