Pence: 'I think we'll have better choices in the future' than Trump |  CNN Politics

Pence: ‘I think we’ll have better choices in the future’ than Trump | CNN Politics



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Former Vice President Mike Pence said in a recently released interview clip that he and his family are prayerfully considering whether he should run for president in 2024 and that the United States will have “better choices in the future” than former President Donald Trump. .

Asked by ABC News’ David Muir if he thinks he can beat Trump, who is expected to announce a campaign for the White House in 2024 on Tuesday, Pence replied: “Well, that would be for others to say, and that would be for at us to decide whether or not we would like to test this.

And when asked if he thinks his former boss should be president again, Pence replied: “I think that’s up to the American people to decide. But I think we will have better choices in the future. The people of this country get along pretty well once they leave politics. And I think they want to see their national leaders start to reflect the same compassion and generosity of spirit. And I think, so in the days to come, I think there will be better choices.

“And for me and my family, we will reflect what our roles in that will be,” he added.

The former vice president has been coy about his plans for 2024, but he has long been seen as a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination. However, any officially declared offer would almost certainly be met with strong opposition from Trump, whose supporters he would need in a primary fight.

When pressed by Muir on why Trump didn’t act sooner to stop the violence at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Pence said he ‘couldn’t explain what the president was doing’ that day. there, and told ABC that he never heard from Trump or the White House on Jan. 6.

The former vice president, who was on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 as the violence unfolded, said he “felt no fear. I was filled with outrage about what I saw.

Pence, echoing an excerpt from his book published last week in The Wall Street Journal, described how he disagreed with his senior Secret Service agent, who initially wanted the vice president out of the building of the Capitol. As a compromise, Pence was taken to the loading dock, which he was told was safer, but found the motorcade positioned to leave the Capitol.

“They were walking us towards the motorcade with the doors of our Suburban open on each side. And I saw that they had positioned vehicles on the ramp. And I just turned to my Secret Service manager and said, ‘I’m not getting in that car’…I just assumed that if we got in the car and closed those 200-pound doors, it’s not It’s not my team at the loading dock, but someone maybe back at Secret Service headquarters would just give the driver the order to leave,” Pence recalled.

“I just didn’t want those rioters to see the vice president’s motorcade speeding away from Capitol Hill. I didn’t want to give them that satisfaction,” he added.

Pence is scheduled to participate in a CNN town hall on Wednesday, the day after the release of his upcoming autobiography “So Help Me God.” The town hall, hosted by CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, will take place in New York City and is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

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