Lately, there have been quite a few rumors about the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence looking forward to announce a presidential bid for 2020. However, this Sunday, he denied the report, according to Reuters, calling it “disgraceful and offensive.”
“The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration,” Pence said in an official statement.
Is the Vice President gathering his own support group for real?
The initial report was claiming that a few members of the Grand Old Party were planning to form a “shadow campaign” for 2020, in which Donald Trump won’t be involved. Even more, several advisers revealed to party donors that if Trump doesn’t plan to run for another term, Mike Pence would.
However, the Vice President called the story coming from the New York Times “fake news”, declaring that his team is now focusing on actually advancing Donald Trump’s agenda, in order to see him re-elected in 2020.
This comes in contradiction to the report, which was claiming that the Republican VP also created his own, independent, power base, as well as a fund raising group, called the “Great America Committee,” besides keeping a full political calendar.
Different views on Russia’s politics
Such rumors started spreading after Mike Pence’s statements about Russia, different than President Trump’s public comments.
Pence condemned Russia’s presence in Georgia, also saying that ties with them won’t improve until Moscow changed its stance of Ukraine and eventually revoke support for North Korean, Iran or Syria.
Senior counselor Kellyanne Conway also rejected all rumors about Pence: “It is absolutely true that the vice president is getting ready for 2020 - for re-election as vice president.”