Pence Pitches ‘Freedom Agenda’ As Rumors Swirl About Possible 2024 Bid

Even as voters await an announcement from former President Donald Trump about his 2024 plans, increasing evidence seems to be pointing toward a White House bid for his vice president.

During a recent meeting with a group of GOP lawmakers, Mike Pence touted a “freedom agenda” that he said would help the party regain a majority in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections.

He met with the Republican Study Committee on Wednesday and the group’s chairman recounted some of the main points discussed during the meeting. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said that the committee is “building the roadmap for what Republicans need to do to not just win back the majority but to save our country and keep the majority for a long time to come.”

As for the scope of Pence’s remarks, Banks described some highlights from a 28-page proposal, which focused on a range of domestic issues from the perspective of culture, opportunity, and leadership. Unlike a plan advanced by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Pence’s proposal includes no tax hikes.

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A number of other prominent Republicans – some of whom are also rumored to be harboring presidential ambitions – were also present for the meeting, including former Virginia Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida.

The former vice president has made a number of other recent appearances that seem to indicate that he is mulling over a 2024 presidential campaign. Earlier this week, a former top aide seemed to confirm the rumors.

“It is a known thing in Pence’s orbit and those of us who worked for Mike Pence,” said Olivia Troye. “I think he desired to make a run for the Oval Office.”

She went on to suggest that his presidential ambitions were “partially why he joined the Trump administration on his ticket.”

Pence is engaged in a proxy battle against his former boss by campaigning for Arizona gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson. Trump has backed Kari Lake ahead of the upcoming primary election.

Earlier this month, Trump revealed that he has already determined whether he will throw his hat in the ring for a third White House bid, though he said he isn’t sure whether he will make his announcement before or after the midterm elections.

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“I just think that there are certain assets to [announcing] before,” he said. “Let people know. I think a lot of people would not even run if I did that because, if you look at the polls, they don’t even register.”