Mike Pence, a former Republican vice president, and Nikki Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina and current United States ambassador to the United Nations, have both dropped hints on multiple occasions that they are considering running for president, but only recently have the two Republican politicians come close to actually announcing their candidacies.
It seems obvious that they will postpone the announcement of their candidacy until after the midterm elections in November.
Reports indicate that Mike Pence will travel to Arizona on Friday in order to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson. At the same time, Donald Trump is expected to travel there in order to support Kari Lake.
Pence is expected to travel to New Hampshire in the month of August following his time spent campaigning for Robson. Pence will work hard throughout the primary race to win over evangelical and conservative supporters in the event that Trump finally decides to run for president in 2024.
Concerning Nikki Haley, the most significant clue that she has provided occurred on Monday at a gathering that was organized by Christians United for Israel. There, Haley criticized President Biden’s administration for expressing interest in returning to 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.”
This remark elicited a round of applause from the audience before Haley continued:
“Just saying, sometimes it takes a woman.”
Following Haley’s remark, rumors began to circulate that she has effectively declared her intention to run for president in 2024.
Additionally, Haley attended a fundraising event last week alongside Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. The first caucuses of the presidential primary election are regularly held in Iowa.
During an interview with Politico, Haley was questioned about the presidential election in 2020 in relation to Trump. She claims that there is no way to persuade Donald Trump that the election was not rigged.
It is possible that Haley sees an opportunity in the fact that Trump’s popularity among Republicans appears to have declined slightly, but it is currently unknown how many people will run for office in 2024 if Trump chooses to do so. All indications, as of right now, lead to Pence and Haley running for office together in 2024.