Last week, former Vice President Mike Pence announced his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Despite this, conservative Republicans are not energized and are doubtful that he will be successful in his attempt to become the party’s nominee.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Pence is likely to end up being the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, including just 11% who see a Pence nomination as Very Likely.
Sixty-four percent (64%) don’t think it’s likely the former VP will get the 2024 GOP nomination, including 36% who say it is Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Despite these numbers being quite low compared to other possible contenders such as frontrunner Donald Trump, a tiny group of conservatives remain hopeful and optimistic that Mike Pence can secure the party’s nomination next year.
This optimism comes from a firm belief that if elected President, Pence would make decisions based on traditional American values and conservative principles that have been at the heart of our nation since its founding.
Pence has long been a strong advocate for pro-life policies and religious freedom, two issues that are important to many conservatives across America.
His unwavering commitment to supporting law enforcement officers has also won him favor with those on the right who hold law enforcement in high regard as an essential element of maintaining order and protecting citizens’ rights throughout all communities in America.
In the span of a week, Utah has hosted two of the top Republican contenders for president in 2024 — and the contrast in styles couldn’t be more stark.
Where Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a speech crammed with buzzwords, red meat and grievances, former Vice President Mike Pence’s fireside chat with his pal, former Gov. Gary Herbert, was about as genteel as we see in our current political discourse.
DeSantis offered a barn-burner, while Pence’s approach was more fit for a barn-raising.
Now, obviously, a lot of that comes down to the crowd. While DeSantis spoke to a crowd of several thousand riled-up party activists at the Utah Republican Party’s state organizing convention, Pence’s forum was more genteel — perched on the 18th floor of the Zions Bank building before about 150 business leaders and political insiders who munched chicken salads on white table cloths.
But I came away wondering if there is still a place for someone like Pence in the Republican Party, or is it now captive to The Donald and The Ronald? And I wasn’t the only one asking that question. Talking to Herbert after, he pondered the same thing.
“Can a guy with that kind of demeanor,” Herbert asked, “who doesn’t go out and call his opponents names, win in today’s political climate?”
The question is rhetorical, he said. We don’t know the answer yet.
But from where I sit, it’s hard to see how any of this ends well for Pence. Indeed, the latest polling in Utah illustrates the challenge he faces.
An OH Predictive Insights poll last month had Donald Trump with 41% support among Utah Republican voters, DeSantis 23% and Pence at 10%.
A Hinckley Institute of Politics and Deseret News poll of registered Utah voters from all parties conducted at the same time had DeSantis leading with 21%, Trump at 16%, former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney at 12%, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at 5% and Pence at 4%, barely ahead of the margin of error.
Dang, Mike Pence.