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Former US Vice President Mike Pence Files Papers to Launch 2024 Presidential Bid

origin 1Former Vice President Mike Pence stands on stage with United States Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, during his Roast and Ride, Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. ©Charlie Neibergall/Copyright 2023 AP. All rights reserved

Former US Vice President Mike Pence has formally submitted documents declaring his candidacy for next year’s presidential election.

He is expected to announce his run at an event in Iowa on Wednesday, after filing documents with the Election Commission on Monday.

It formally puts the 64-year-old on a collision course with his former boss Donald Trump, who is the clear Republican favorite so far.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently consistently voting in second place. Still, Pence supporters see a lane for a reliable conservative who espouses many of the previous administration’s policies but without the constant turmoil.

A staunch opponent of abortion rights, Pence supports a nationwide ban on the procedure and has campaigned against policies that affirm transgenders in schools.

He also said the United States should offer more support to Ukraine against Russian aggression while admonishing “Putin apologists” in the party who do not want to oppose the Russian leader.

Pence, who describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” has spent months laying the groundwork for an expected race, staging events in early-vote states like Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, visiting churches, giving political speeches, and courting donors.

Pence rejected Trump’s request to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, which led to him being targeted during the January 6 uprising.