- Mike Pence will travel to key Iowa state in November, the leading presidential candidate.
- He will speak at an event at the University of Iowa hosted by the Young America’s Foundation.
- With 2024 on Republicans’ minds, Pence is touting his experience as vice president.
Former Vice President Mike Pence will visit Iowa in November as he contemplates a possible 2024 presidential campaign.
On November 1, the former vice-president will speak at an event at the University of Iowa hosted by the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group devoted to instill “ideas of individual freedom, strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values” among young people.
The trip will mark Pence’s second outing since leaving office in January in what has traditionally been the nation’s first state in the presidential nomination process.
In July, the former vice president spoke at the Family Leadership Summit, where he implored the group get up against “the radical left agenda” and touted its anti-abortion credentials to the crowd.
“I couldn’t be prouderâ¦ to have been part of an administration that stood every day without apologies for the sanctity of human life,” he said at the time. “From day one of our administration, we re-established Mexico City policy to ensure abortions were not funded or promoted with taxpayer dollars around the world … I am privileged to be the first vice president of history to address the National March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, DC. “
Potential 2024 rivals who also spoke at the event included Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Pence, a former Indiana governor and congressman, has also visited the first presidential candidate states of New Hampshire and South Carolina since his departure.
After his four-year partnership with former President Donald Trump in the White House, the former vice president sought to strengthen his own political brand by launch Advancing American Freedom, a conservative nonprofit organization.
Pence will also attend a dinner in Oregon for the Washington County Republican Party on Saturday, delivering a law enforcement-focused speech, according to Politico.
Other potential Republican candidates for 2024 who traveled to the first candidate states include Nikki Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.
Former President Donald Trump, the biggest wild card on the GOP side, has teased a potential run for months but has yet to announce his decision. He will also be visiting Buckeye State, however, organize a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 9.