Pence Bows Out of ’24 Race His Former Boss Is Dominating

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Former Vice President Mike Pence, who spent 4 years dutifully serving President Donald J. Trump however refused to hold out Mr. Trump’s demand that he block the 2020 election outcomes, ended his presidential bid on Saturday, with a last attraction for his occasion to return to conservative ideas and resist the “siren music of populism.”

The shock announcement got here on the finish of his remarks earlier than a crowd of Jewish Republican donors in Las Vegas, and was met with gasps of shock. Mr. Pence had obtained a heat welcome and a standing ovation, and opened his speech with a full-throated endorsement of Israel’s navy operations in Gaza.

Then, he pivoted to a extra “private word,” saying that, after a lot prayer and deliberation, he had determined to drop out of the race.

“It’s change into clear to me that this isn’t my time,” he instructed the gang of 1,500, promising to “by no means depart the battle for conservative values.”

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