Mike Pence says he would not pardon Jan 6 protesters
Former US Vice President Mike Pence has officially announced that he is running for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, up against former President Donald Trump.
Speaking in Iowa on his 64th birthday, Mr. Pence walked a fine line between acknowledging the Trump administration’s record and attacking Mr. Trump for his role in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots.
In a CNN Town Hall event on Wednesday night, Mr Pence reiterated his conservative stance as a culture warrior on abortion, gun rights, crime, school choice and climate change.
When asked about his estranged former boss, he urged the Justice Department not to prosecute Mr Trump for his alleged misuse of confidential documents, and immediately afterwards said everyone should be treated equally under the law. Significantly, he refused to say he would pardon the ex-president if he won the White House.
In an increasingly tight GOP field, Mr. Pence faces competition from the likes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senator Tim Scott and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Today Mike and former second lady Karen Pence celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary.
Watch: Pence says ‘Biden has weakened America at home and abroad’
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 3:39 p.m
Mike and Karen Pence celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary
A day after launching his 2024 presidential campaign and celebrating his 64th birthday, former Vice President Mike Pence has another reason to celebrate.
Today marks the 38th birthday of his wife Karen Pence.
Happy 38th Anniversary to my best friend and the love of my life, @KarenPence! It is my great honor to walk through this life with you, especially as we begin a new chapter! You are the greatest blessing of my life! ❤️
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 3:23 p.m
Christian media mogul and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson has died
Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a small Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, attempted to run for President and through his Christian coalition helped place religion at the heart of Republican Party politics in America, died. He was 93.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 3:15 p.m
Pence supports armed school guards and a faster death penalty over gun reform
Mike Pence says he wants to see an armed security guard in every public school in America to try to prevent mass shootings rather than gun control measures.
The former vice president told a CNN town hall that he believes there should be more armed security guards in American schools who are capable of taking down shooters.
Graeme Massie reports on what else he said about gun crime.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 2:15 p.m
Dana Bash corners Pence at CNN City Hall over Trump’s double standards
Here’s last night’s interviewer putting the newly appointed candidate in a tight spot by challenging him with his conflicting answers about his loyalty to Donald Trump.
Joe SommerladJune 8, 2023 1:30 p.m
Pence Blames Trump On Russia: ‘I Know The Difference Between A Genius And A War Criminal’
Uff. More of this and Pence could be a winner.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 12:45 p.m
Pence urges Justice Department not to indict Trump
Mike Pence has urged the Department of Justice (DoJ) not to prosecute Donald Trump for his handling of classified documents, but refused to say he would pardon the former president if he won the White House.
The former vice president said outside a CNN town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, that he considers the handling of classified material “a very serious matter” but told anchor Dana Bash that federal prosecutors should leave Mr Trump alone.
“I would hope so, I really would,” he said when asked if US Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith should charge Mr Trump over the documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Graeme Massie reports on the events at the CNN event.
Joe SommerladJune 8, 2023 12:00
Pence accuses Trump of viewing the abortion issue as an ‘inconvenience’
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 11:15 am
How Pence got here
Joe Sommerlad looks at how the former vice president ended up running against his former boss.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 9:45 am
Pence announces 2024 candidacy with video call for ‘different leadership’
Former Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday that he will run for the 2024 presidential election, sparking heated competition for the Republican nomination with former President Donald Trump.
In a launch video for his campaign, Mr Pence said “different leadership” could turn the country around and prevent the American Dream from being “shattered”.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2023 8:15 am