In June, Pence will travel to Southern California, where he will speak at a Presidential Foundation and Ronald Reagan Institute event focused on the future of the Republican Party. A day later, he will co-lead the Republican National Committee’s summer donor retreat alongside former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another potential prospect for 2024.
That same month, the former vice president will travel to South Carolina, a major primary state, to raise money for the first-year Republican. Nancy Mace. He will also speak at a Heritage Foundation Donor Summit in North Carolina.
In September, Pence will speak at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a biennial event on Michigan’s Mackinac Island that has a long history of attracting future presidential candidates.
People familiar with Pence’s plans say they expect him to help other Republicans in the 2022 election, including governors. Pence, a former governor of Indiana, has a close relationship with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who chairs the Association of Republican Governors. Ducey has also been criticized by Trump in recent times, with the former president accusing him of not being sufficiently supportive of a recently launched audit of the state’s election results.
On Thursday, Pence gave his first speech since leaving in January, appearing in Columbia, SC, where he addressed the Palmetto family, an evangelical organization. During his speech, Pence praised the Trump administration’s record and criticized the White House Biden for being “radical”.
South Carolina could be a key focal point for Pence if he runs for president, given its large population of Christian conservatives, a group the former vice president has long courted. The state is also home to former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, another Republican candidate in 2024 who had a simmering rivalry with Pence.
As Trump assesses a 2024 return attempt, other Republicans have tested presidential waters. Several potential candidates came forward at an RNC-hosted donor retreat in South Florida earlier this month, and Rove’s event will build a long list of potential candidates, including Pompeo, the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.
As Pence’s late break with Trump complicated his political future, the 61-year-old former vice president pushed his own plans forward. He recently announced a book deal with Simon & Schuster and is set to launch a podcast soon.
Earlier this month, Pence underwent surgery to install a pacemaker after experiencing a slow heart rate.