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Mike Pence, a Trump Challenger in ’24?

Mike Pence, a Trump Challenger in ’24?

Mike Pence is looking more and more like he is poised to mount a challenge to his former boss Donald Trump in 2024.

In his latest candidate-like move, the former VP slammed his own party, denouncing what he referred to as “apologists” in the GOP for Vladimir Putin without naming Trump directly. The comments came while he delivered a speech in Texas, where Pence also gave an unambiguous call for the US to ramp up its support for Ukraine.

Pence, who served in the White House for four years under former President Donald Trump, did not call out any of his fellow Republicans by name. But he suggested that his criticism targeted GOP leaders.

“While some in my party have taken a somewhat different view, let me be clear: There can be no room in the leadership of the Republican Party for apologists for Putin,” Pence said. “There can only be room for champions of freedom.”

“If we surrender to the siren song of those in this country who argue that America has no interest in freedom’s cause, history teaches we may soon send our own into harm’s way,” Pence said later in the speech.

Of course, not all of Pence’s fire was aimed at his own party; he also took the opportunity to slam Joe Biden for being too hesitant to provide Ukraine with the supplies it needs to keep up the fight.

“History teaches that he who hesitates is lost,” Pence said.

The former vice president’s barbs came in a speech marking the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the largest and bloodiest military conflict in Europe since World War II.

Pence, speaking at the University of Texas at Austin’s Clements Center for National Security, urged the US and its allies to work “with increased speed” to inflict economic pain on Putin and his allies “until he relents” and pulls out of Ukraine.

He also called for America to “accelerate the pace of military provisions” to Kyiv and continue providing ample humanitarian assistance to the millions of people who have been caught up in the brutal conflict.

As to Pence’s former boss, Trump, when asked in an interview last week about sending money and arms to Ukraine, he warned that “we’re going to end up in World War III” and asserted that the conflict “would never have happened” if he was still president. Trump also boasted that he was “tougher on Russia than anybody else” but added, “I still got along with Putin.”

Although he has not yet officially declared his candidacy, Pence has openly said he’s considering a run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, potentially pitting him directly against Trump.

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  1. frank stetson

    Sorry Mike, they just don’t grow back.

    • Tom

      They don’t have too! Now you can get them over night! See “”

      • frank stetson

        gotta love science. now I can have four…..

      • frank stetson

        Speaking of balls….funny but true story. So, my Dad goes to college with the nephew of a famed Mafiosi type and while not part of the family (they were making their kids legit), they hung with em at times because —- that’s where you get the best food…and college boys love food…. So, one night they go to “the club,” a converted dinning church, and, of course, my Dad didn’t have a clue. When he got inside he found it was where my Dad said “very large men with heavy overcoats hiding their hardware were evident.” You could see their hardware when they leaned over to eat their pasta. He decides to order something new: rocky mountain oysters,” and my, is he surprised when that hit the table. His words: “what could I do, I was not going to turn back my order in THAT crowd….” Conclusion: better than expected, great place, and he never returned…..

  2. Paul

    Mike Pence, Traitorous chump.

    • Tom

      He may have betrayed you because you and the 81 million members of the orange head gang whom wanted to illegally turn over an election, but he did not betray the U.S. Constitution, nor did he betray the 85 million that voted for the other side. And he was a good VP who took a lot of crap in order to make your boy look good everyday.

      • frank stetson

        now, now. Patriot Trump’s current theory is that 1.6 is Mike’s fault for not overturning the election. After that I guess it’s the Biden voters fault for voting wrong. After that it’s Biden’s fault for running.

        Bottom line is their wouldn’t have been a 1.6 attack if you just let Trump rule forever.

        Get the message?

        George Washington lays a spinning in his grave.

        But it is a great thing that Trump recognizes we need someone to blame for the activities of 1.6.2021.

  3. Wyatt Earp

    Pence can’t be trusted! He has show a side you would not believe from a politician who CARE ABOUT AMERICA! Which he doesn’t! He all about following order from those GLOBALISM! Something most American disagree with. These people do not have power to tell us how to live. Or what to do. If Pence think ALL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT are supposed to FIGHT WAR FOR OTHER COUNTRY. AND LOSE OUR LIVE FOR A BUNCH OF DAM FOOL. He need to get out of America! Our young people are not their to killed. Just because they made an agreement with some dumb foreign government. Nobody deserves to be president of America if they can’t take care of America FIRST!