Mike Pence declined to say whether he will support Donald Trump if the former US president becomes the Republican candidate in the next election.
The former vice president, when asked twice whether he would support Mr trump in the 2024 election, he did not pledge to give an affirmative answer.
Instead, Mr Pence he said during an interview with CBS that voters will “choose wisely again like they did in 2016,” but insisted that “different times call for different leadership.”
He said: “I’m very confident we’ll have better picks in 2024 … and I’m confident our standard-bearer will win the day in November of that year.”
Republican candidates who have said they are running so far include Trump, Nikki Haleyformer South Carolina governor, and biotech multimillionaire Vivek Ramaswamy, while Florida governor Ron DeSantis is also about to run.
Mr. Pence, who has also been touted as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination, said he “continued to prayerfully consider entering the race.”
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The 63-year-old added that if he chose to run he would bring a “broad conservative agenda that characterizes him [his] life and career”.
Had he run, he would have promised a “strong national defense … defending America’s place as the leader of the free world facing aggression” whether in “Eastern Europe … or Asia Pacific.”
Earlier, the former vice president said he would make a decision on the presidential race “by spring.”
In an interview with NBC News, he said, “If I’m a candidate, I’m sure I’ll meet whatever the requirement is for the debates.”
In the meantime, Mr. Trump, who kicked off his candidacy for the White House in late January, it could face lawsuits later in 2021 Riots in the Capitol in his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The former president may be subpoenaed by injured Capitol police officers and Democratic lawmakers over the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department said Thursday.