Should Mike Pence run for president in 2020? | The Tylt
Should Mike Pence run for president in 2020?
Vice President Mike Pence has repeatedly denied claims that he is running for president in 2020, but that hasn't stopped people from speculating. After the New York Times reported that the vice president was considering a 2020 presidential bid, Pence responded by calling the article "fake news" and saying the suggestion was "disgraceful and offensive."
But in the wake of Trump's inflammatory U.N. speech, many are reconsidering the prospect of a President Pence. Gail Collins argues in the New York Times that Pence would be a much more predictable actor on the world stage.
Then came the U.N. speech, and the reminder that the one big plus on Pence’s scorecard is that he seems less likely to get the planet blown up.
“As the president said yesterday, the United States has great strength and patience, but all options are on the table,” Pence told the Security Council later. No, that’s not what the president said. But it is how you expect the head of the most powerful country in the world to deliver a message without scaring the pants off the public. Maybe that’s what this country needs — a president who can make diplomacy boring again.
Democrats have reportedly already begun doing opposition research on Mike Pence under the assumption that he will seek the presidency in 2020. According to Politico, "a team of over two dozen researchers" have been tasked by the DNC to investigate Pence.
The Democratic National Committee is conducting full-scale opposition research on multiple Republicans it believes could challenge President Donald Trump for reelection — or are likely to run if he does not.
“With Trump’s tumultuous presidency in complete chaos, we are prepared for all scenarios,” said DNC research director Lauren Dillon.
...the operatives are combing through voting and governing records, compiling financial files, searching for conflicts of interest, and saving clips on their relationships with Trump.
But not everyone thinks President Pence would be such a good idea. Joan Walsh argues in The Nation that Mike Pence would be a much more dangerous president than Trump, and nobody should be rooting for a Pence 2020 presidential bid.
[Trump] should go, because he’s a racist authoritarian who got help from a foreign adversary to become president. He should go, because he’s more likely to stumble into war than Pence is. But I never let that obscure the truth, either: Pence is a far worse person, because of his creepy "Handmaid’s Tale" patriarchal approach to women’s equality. But also because he usually knows he’s lying about Trump, and their administration’s agenda, and he lies anyway.