Former Vice President Mike Pence and former governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have constantly hinted at running for President, but recently, the two Republican politicians both have come close to confirming their bid.
It’s clear that they will wait until after the November midterms before announcing their run.
As RedState’s Andrew Malcolm reported earlier on Tuesday, Pence will head to Arizona on Friday to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson as Donald Trump stumps for Kari Lake.
After Pence campaigns for Robson, he is scheduled to head to New Hampshire in August. New Hampshire Institute of Politics executive director Neil Leveque tells Fox News:
“There’s a tremendous amount of interest in hearing from the former vice president. I’m asked all the time, ‘When are you having Vice President Pence to the institute?'”
Jim Merrill, a longtime New Hampshire-based Republican consultant, was also quoted by Fox News:
“This is the year that likely candidates want to lay the groundwork to build the foundation in the early primary and caucus states and Mike Pence has been a leader among the potential candidates in doing just that.”
If Trump ultimately decides to run in 2024, Pence will aim to win conservative and evangelical voters during the primary election.
As for Nikki Haley, the biggest hint from her came on Monday at a summit hosted by Christians United for Israel, as Haley called out President Biden’s administration for wanting to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. Haley said:
“Anything Joe Biden signs will all but guarantee that Iran gets the bomb … No deal is better than a bad deal. And if this president signs any sort of deal, I’ll make you a promise. The next president will shred it on her first day in office.”
That remark led to a standing ovation, as Haley added:
“Just saying, sometimes it takes a woman.”
Iran chants "Death to America," and Biden still wants to negotiate.
No deal is better than a bad deal. pic.twitter.com/i9F2tsZWZP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) July 19, 2022
That comment sparked speculation that Haley has all but officially announced a 2024 White House bid.
Haley also joined Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds last week for a fundraiser. Iowa traditionally holds the first Presidential primary caucuses.
Regarding Trump, during an interview with Politico, Haley was asked about the 2020 election. She says nothing will convince Trump that the election was not stolen, telling the publication:
“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election … He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”
In 2021, Haley said this when asked if she would run for President in 2024:
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it … That’s something that we’ll have a conversation about at some point if that decision is something that has to be made.”
Haley must see a lane, as Trump’s popularity seems to have fallen a bit among Republicans, but it remains unclear how many people will run in 2024 if Trump decides to run. At the moment, all signs point to Pence and Haley running in 2024.