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Unique – Former Vice President Mike Pence returns next month to New Hampshire, the state that has taken first place in the race for the White House in over a century.
Pence will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising event for New Hampshire Senate Republicans on Wednesday, December 8. The former vice president’s presence at the gathering, which will take place in Manchester, New Hampshire, was shared with Granthshala News on Sunday.
While in New Hampshire, Pence is also headlining a heritage action event against the tax hike. The former vice president joined the Heritage Foundation, one of the oldest and most influential think tanks in the conservative movement, earlier this year as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.
The visit will be the former vice president’s second visit to New Hampshire this year. In June, Pence took the lead at the Hillsborough County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner, delivering a well-received speech that was interrupted several times by a standing ovation.
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The former vice president earlier this month made his second visit to Iowa this year, the state that has closed the presidential nomination calendar for half a century. Pence also stopped this spring in South Carolina, which ranks third in the GOP primary and caucus calendar, and earlier this month in Nevada, which has a fourth contest.
The early-voting presidential primary and trips to caucus states will fuel speculation that Pence is gearing up for a 2024 GOP White House run as he traverses the country to help fellow Republicans run for the 2022 election. .
Fundraising in New Hampshire will help bring in campaign cash for Republicans as they build resources to keep their 14-10 majority in the New Hampshire Senate in next year’s contests. Republicans, thanks to GOP Gov. Thanks to Chris Sununu’s landslide victory in 2020, they won back control of both houses of the state legislature, which they lost in the 2018 elections.
State Senate President Chuck Morse said, “It’s great to have former Vice President Mike Pence back in the Granite State and we’re thrilled that he’s helping maintain the majority of NH Senate Republicans we’ve had for a tough 2020 campaign. I had won.” in a statement.
“It would be refreshing to hear former Vice President Mike Pence’s vision and insight on what needs to be done to get our country back in the right direction,” Morse stressed.
Pence’s one-time boss, former President Donald Trump, repeatedly flirts with another White House run in 2024. But the prospect of another bid by Trump, who is very popular with Republican voters and continues to exert great influence on GOP politicians, doesn’t seem to prevent Pence from potentially launching a campaign of his own. are.
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While the former vice president remains publicly silent about his political plans, he vowed earlier this month during a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting that “we’re going to win this country back in 2024.” ”
While Pence often praises the former president and showcases the achievements of the Trump-Pence administration, he has highlighted his differences with his old boss.
In a speech Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association, Pence said he would support his office bearers, according to a GOP source who attended the event.
Among those seated near Pence listening to the speech of the former vice president was GOP Gov. Brad Little of Idaho, who is running for re-election next year. Just a few days ago, Trump endorsed Republican Lieutenant Governor Janice McGrechin, who is challenging Little in next year’s election.
Trump vs Biden in 2024
In one, 73 percent of Republicans questioned Marquette Law School The national poll said they held a favorable opinion of the former president. But when asked whether Trump should run for president again in 2024, support among Republicans for another White House bid was 60%, with 40% of GOP voters polled saying they don’t want to. They run
In a rematch with President Biden, polls indicate 42% support among all adults for the current president, with Trump garnering 34% support. Eighteen percent said they would not vote for Biden or Trump.
The Marquette Law School poll, conducted November 1-10, interviewed 1,004 adults across the country. The survey’s overall sample error was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.
Biden’s NH stop sparks more questions by 2024
There has been a lot of chatter and speculation in recent weeks about the president running for a second four-year term in the White House.
Biden, who turned 79 on Saturday, made history last November when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for re-election in 2024 and wins, Biden will be 82 at the time of his second inauguration and 86 at the end of his second term.
When asked about his 2024 plans at the first formal news conference of his presidency in March, Biden said, “My answer is yes. I do plan to run for re-election. That’s my hope.”
And Democratic sources tell Granthshala News that the president repeated that message during a virtual fundraiser earlier this month.
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Biden on Tuesday made New Hampshire – a major 2022 midterm election battleground as well as the first state-of-the-nation presidential primary – his first stop at selling the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure he signed into law on Monday .
The White House highlighted that the halt in New Hampshire was “an opportunity to highlight how the infrastructure bill can help communities.”
But a Democratic strategist with ties to Biden World told Granthshala News that “there’s no decision about where to send the White House president that doesn’t have any kind of political consideration. They’re not choosing these places by accident.” , anytime .”
And a longtime Democratic adviser told Granthshala News that “every time someone comes to New Hampshire, it has implications for the next presidential election. Starting this tour in New Hampshire, I think, Biden’s.” He has every plan to run for re-election. So all this chatter that’s out there, it’s worth trying to reduce that, that at least this time the plan is to run again. That’s why he’s in New Hampshire is coming. “
The visit was Biden’s first visit to New Hampshire or Iowa as president.
A day before his birthday, the president told reporters “I feel great” after undergoing his first annual physical exam Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
“Nothing has changed. We are in good shape,” Biden said.