'Different times call for different leadership': Mike Pence dodges questions about 2024 intentions
Former Vice President Mike Pence dodged pertinent questions regarding whether he'd support former President Donald Trump if selected as the 2024 Republican nominee, CBS News reports.
Pence is expected to announce whether he, himself, will launch a 2024 presidential bid, but told CBS on Wednesday that he and his wife are "continuing to give prayerful consideration to entering the race."
He said, "I'm very confident we'll have better choices come 2024. And I'm confident our standard-bearer will win the day in November of that year."
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The former Indiana governor recently received backlash from prominent Republicans, including retired Judge J. Michael Luttig, for recently threatening to take his subpoena fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
The former vice president also defended his decision to challenge a subpoena in from the special counsel overseeing investigations into efforts by Trump and Trump allies to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election. Pence's team argues it's unconstitutional to compel a former vice president to testify in the case, although some legal scholars disagree.
Pence said, "The notion of compelling a former vice president to appear in court to testify against the president with whom they served is unprecedented, but I also believe it's unconstitutional," noting he is "limited in what I can say about those proceedings."
When CBS asked the former vice president if he'd like 2024 to mirror a "pre-Trump Republican Party," Pence said, "As I've traveled around the country, I've heard again and again that people look at the record of the Trump-Pence administration. They want to get back to our policies of a strong defense, American leadership in the world, a vibrant free-market economy, secure borders and conservative judges. But I also hear that they — they want to see us get back to the kind of civility in politics that the American people show each other every day."
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The potential 2024 candidate noted he "believes voters in 2024 will choose 'wisely again' as they did in 2016." However, he noted, "different times call for different leadership."
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CBS' full report is available at this link.
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