Monday 23 May 2022 02:13 PM Pence hints he's OPEN to challenging Trump in 2024: Ex-President's spokesman ... trends now
'We’ll go where we’re called,' Pence told the New York Times when asked about the possible head-to-head.
'That’s the way Karen and I have always approached these things.'
The former vice president's flirtations with a potential White House bid were rounded up and put under the microscope by the New York Times - including speaking appearances in battleground states like Iowa where he touts the 'Trump-Pence Administration's' successes but then sets himself up against the ex-president with his endorsement in Georgia's primary election.
Meanwhile Trump, despite not formally declaring a 2024 bid yet, has eyes on the competition - including Pence.
His spokesman slammed his old deputy as 'desperate' and mocked him for trying to 'chase' his 'lost relevance' amid the former running mates' latest divide over backing separate candidates in the Peach State's gubernatorial election.
Speaking to the Times before an April speech in Iowa, Pence declared he was 'incredibly proud of the record' he and Trump had in office and said he and the ex-president spent 'five years in the foxhole' together.
But he also appeared to be signaling to GOP voters who were put off by Trump after last year's Capitol riot.
Trump praised Pence as a 'good guy' in an interview earlier this month but appears to have soured on him as 2024 election rumors grow
'I have been very moved traveling around the country how much people have made a point to express appreciation, it has been very humbling to me,' he said about his refusal to go along with Trump's plan to overturn the 2020 election.
For his part the ex-president has appeared to harden his tone against his former deputy, who he called a 'good guy' in a separate interview earlier this month.
'Mike Pence was set to lose a governor’s race in 2016 before he was plucked up and his political career was salvaged,' Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich is quoted as saying in Monday's report.
Pence, who had been