Should Mike Pence run for president in 2020? | The Tylt
The New York Times reported that two of Vice President Mike Pence’s aides have said Pence “wants to be ready” to run for president in 2020. Pence hotly contradicted the report as "disgraceful and offensive," but even Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone pointed out no other vice president has started their own political action committee within six months of being sworn in. With Trump's presidency on the ropes, some say Pence laying the groundwork for a run makes sense. What do you think?
Should Mike Pence run for president in 2020?
Ryan Lizza says disgraced former press communications director Anthony Scaramucci "offered some cryptic thoughts about Vice-President Mike Pence."
“Why do you think Nick’s there, bro?” Scaramucci asked me, referring to Nick Ayers, Pence’s recently installed chief of staff. “Are you stupid?” He continued, “Why is Nick there? Nick’s there to protect the Vice-President because the Vice-President can’t believe what the fuck is going on."
Pence's PAC is definitely out of the ordinary. And the New York Times report indicated Republicans smell blood in the water and that many of them, including Pence, are gaming out whether Trump could be replaced by another Republican in 2020.
In interviews with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials, donors and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning.
“They see weakness in this president,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. “Look, it’s not a nice business we’re in.”
No Vice President in modern history had their own PAC less than 6 month into the President's first term. Hmmmm— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) May 20, 2017
But Frank Bruni says Pence is screwed no matter what he does. He's irrevocably tied to this president and this presidency. If the Trump ship sinks, he will go down with it.
On some level, he must realize that he’s in a no-win situation. Without Trump he’s nothing. With Trump he’s on a runaway train that he can’t steer or brake. If it doesn’t crash, Trump can scream down the tracks straight through 2020. If it does, Pence will be one of the casualties.
I wouldnt vote 4 Pence either. Youre judged by the comp U keep— Trump is a TRAITOR! (@VictoriaLove227) August 9, 2017
And others think Pence has plenty of skeletons in his closet that would make a 2020 run impossible.
But Pence's credentials with the evangelical right are gold-plated. That alone could give him an edge if he decides to run in 2020.
And as this parody site shows, there are already plenty of people gunning for Pence on the left.