Ex-Vice President Mike Pence, former Governor of South Carolina, and United States Ambassador at the United Nations Nikki Haley, have always hinted that they might run for president. However, both Republican politicians have recently come within striking distance of confirming their candidacy.
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.
Pence will be heading to New Hampshire this August after he campaigns for Robson. Fox News hears from Neil Leveque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics:
“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?’”
Fox News also featured Jim Merrill, an old New Hampshire Republican consultant.
“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.”
Pence hopes to win evangelical and conservative voters in the primary election if Trump decides to run for president in 2024.
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 stated:
“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.”
Haley then added that the standing ovation was a result of this comment.
“Just saying, sometimes it takes a woman.”
Iran shouts, “Death To America”, and Biden wants to continue negotiations.
There is no better deal than a poor deal. pic.twitter.com/i9F2tsZWZP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) July 19, 2022
The comment has sparked speculation about Haley’s 2024 White House bid.
Haley joined Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for a fundraiser last week. Iowa hosts the traditional Presidential primaries.
Haley, who was interviewing Trump about Trump’s 2020 campaign, asked Haley questions regarding Trump. The publication was told that she believes nothing can convince Trump the election wasn’t stolen.
“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.”
Haley answered the question “Would you run for president?” in 2021.
“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. The signs seem to point towards Haley and Pence running in 2024.