Pence Says He Received’t Endorse Trump, however Received’t Vote for Biden Both

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Mike Pence, Donald J. Trump’s former vp, indicated on Friday that he wouldn’t be falling into line behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, as a few of Mr. Trump’s different earlier rivals together with Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott did.

When requested whether or not he would endorse Mr. Trump now that the previous president had clinched the get together’s nomination, Mr. Pence advised Fox News that he “couldn’t in good conscience” help him.

“It ought to come as no shock that I cannot be endorsing Donald Trump this yr,” he stated.

The previous vp declined to say whether or not he would vote for Mr. Trump within the November election, however answered, “I’d by no means vote for Joe Biden.” He additionally dominated out operating as a third-party or impartial candidate for president, saying he remained a Republican.

The Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Friday.

In his lower than 5 months as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Mr. Pence struggled to realize traction with caucusgoers and first voters who remained very loyal to Mr. Trump.

He repeatedly rebuked Mr. Trump, his onetime operating mate, for his actions throughout the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol whereas on the identical time looking for to take credit score for the Trump-Pence administration’s report in areas that included the economic system and judicial appointments.

Mr. Pence incurred the wrath of Mr. Trump and a mob of his supporters when he refused to hold out Mr. Trump’s demand that he block the certification of the 2020 election outcomes.

“Throughout my presidential marketing campaign, I made it clear that there have been profound variations between me and President Trump on a spread of points, and never simply our distinction on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January the sixth,” he stated.

Mr. Pence stated he was upset that Mr. Trump was not targeted on lowering the nationwide debt or on different points which are vital to conservatives.

“As I’ve watched his candidacy unfold, I’ve seen him strolling away from our dedication to confronting the nationwide debt,” he stated within the interview. “I’ve seen him beginning to shrink back from a dedication to the sanctity of human life, and, this final week, his reversal on getting robust on China and supporting our administration’s effort to pressure a sale of ByteDance TikTok utility.”