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Chicago- Former Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he “will not allow Democrats” to use Jan. 6 to “distract attention from their failed agenda” and hailed former President Trump’s record, while indicating, however, that his decision whether or not to run for the White House in 2024 will not be impacted by Trump’s re-election plans.
During an interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of an economic policy speech at the University Club of Chicago, Pence reflected on the current state of the nation under the Biden administration, telling Fox News that the President Biden “embraces the politics of the radical left.
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“At a time when we have inflation at its highest level in 40 years, gasoline prices have more than doubled since we left power, a crisis on our southern border, war in Eastern Europe Is, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, maybe it’s just from living back in Indiana, but those are the things that I focus on, and frankly, those are the things that people talk to me about everywhere,” Pence said. “The issues facing the American people are, as is often the case, not what Washington is focused on.”
Lawmakers on the House Jan. 6 committee are investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and allege that Trump’s insistence on stealing the 2020 election stoked violence as Congress convened to certify Electoral College votes. The committee is holding a series of public hearings in an effort to capture the attention of Americans ahead of the November midterm elections.
“January 6 was a tragic day, and I know we did our duty, but I will always be proud of our record,” Pence told Fox News. “And I will not allow Democrats to use this tragic day to distract from their failed agenda or to demean the intentions of the 74 million Americans who have rallied to our cause.”
Pence told Fox News that after the 2020 election he “has concerns about voting irregularities.”
“I had hoped that the courts — including the Supreme Court — would have considered the fact that a number of states had changed the rules governing elections,” Pence said. “But, ultimately, the courts passed them, and the Electoral College certified the result, and I knew my oath was clear.”
Pence said that “by the grace of God” he knows he did his “duty that day, under the Constitution.”
“The Bible says ‘he keeps his oath even when it hurts,'” Pence said. “I know what that means.”
As for his relationship with Trump during the administration, Pence told Fox News, “We were very close friends.”
“We parted very amicably on January 20,” Pence said. “I don’t know if the president and I will ever agree on my duties on January 6, but, in the aftermath of that tragic day, we sat down and talked about it. And then we rolled up our sleeves and completed the last weeks of our administration working together.
“And we parted very amicably. And we spoke in the months after we left — we spoke with some regularity,” Pence continued. “And now I think we’ve sort of parted ways over the last year, but I’ll always be proud of the record that we’ve made.”
Pence added, “We delivered for the American people.”
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Praising the former president, Pence said he “will always be proud” to have served alongside him.
“Serving alongside a president who literally got up every day and worked amid an avalanche of hostile media, and all the Russian hoax hanging over our administration – he never stopped fight every day to keep the promises we made to the American people,” Pence said.
Pence said the Trump administration “has secured national security, border security, the economy, wages and revenues, and directed investments to the country, and conservatives to our courts.
“I’m really incredibly proud of it,” Pence said. “Wherever the Lord leads our family in the months and years to come, I will always be proud to have served in an administration that delivered on our promises to the American people.”
Asked about his own presidential aspirations for 2024, Pence told Fox News he was “not actually a long-term planner.”
“I think whatever success we’ve had has been focusing on the job at hand, focusing on the job ahead of us, and then the opportunities presented themselves,” Pence said. “First of all, we have to win the midterm elections, we have to elect and re-elect Republican governors across the country – and I place equal importance on both of those things – winning Congress and winning the State Houses is of equal importance.”
Pence said the Trump administration has made “extraordinary progress” in its first two years.
“It wasn’t just because we had Republican majorities in the House and Senate, it was also because we had 31 Republican governors who partnered with us every day to push forward policies at the state level that were amplifying what we were doing federally,” Pence said.
But on whether he will run for president, Pence said he was “moved by the encouragement we’ve received across the country.”
“Karen and I will do what we have always done: we will take the time to pray about it, we will seek the advice of trusted friends and advisers, and we will go where we are called,” she said. he declares.
He added: “One thing I will tell you is that I will not let anyone else make this decision for me.”
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When asked if his decision to run for president in 2024 hinged on whether or not Trump announced a re-election campaign and if he would join Trump on the ticket if asked, Pence said :
“We will go where we are called, and like I said, we won’t let anyone make that decision for us.”
When asked if he would support Trump if he ran for re-election in 2024, Pence said, “We’re going to win Congress in 2022, we’re going to win the White House in 2024.”
“My goal will be to do the first thing first and then discern what role, if any, we need to play in the second job,” he told Fox News.
Pence told Fox News that President Biden “embraces radical left politics.”
Pence gave a speech on the economy Monday in Chicago at the University Club, in which he said the current state of the US economy was “almost single-handedly caused by the 46th President of the United States.”
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During his remarks, Pence said there had “never” been a “stronger disconnect between the president and the American people,” urging Biden to keep his oath and “put our families first and put America on the path to prosperity built on America”. principles and ideals. »
“What’s destroying the American economy, what’s weakening America at home and abroad, isn’t Joe Biden’s energy level, it’s his agenda,” Pence told Fox News. after his speech. “And in many ways, the radical left is driving the policies of this administration, but that’s why I’m absolutely committed to holding this administration accountable, to traveling the country…make sure we elect women and men at all levels of office to provide a positive, conservative alternative, and why I think it’s absolutely critical that we get back to the State Houses, the People’s House and ultimately the White House.”
Pence added: “Joe Biden has always been a liberal but, in a very real sense, he has embraced the politics of the radical left that crushes this life under this economy, stifles American energy, erodes American credibility on the stage. world, and the only antidote to that is to elect freedom-loving majorities in Congress and in state houses across the country and I believe we will.”
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