Former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a major GOP fundraising dinner in New Hampshire, in a move sparking speculation of a 2024 run for president.
Pence will headline the Hillsborough County GOP's annual Lincoln-Reagan awards dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire, the state that holds the first presidential primary in the nation. The move comes after Pence gave his first address since leaving office in South Carolina, the first southern state to vote in presidential primaries and the third state overall on the nominating calendar.
"We've got to guard our values ... by offering a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals," Pence said in his South Carolina speech. "Over the coming months, I'll have more to say about all of that."
Pence also promised to spend more time "pushing back on the liberal agenda" of President Joe Biden in the coming months, saying Biden's plans are wrong for the country.
"I said to my husband, ‘Did you think this was a trial run for a campaign speech?'" said Beth Atwater, an attorney from Lexington, South Carolina, who attended Pence's speech, according to the South Bend Tribune.
The former vice president was also a speaker at Karl Rove's GOP donor appreciation gathering, an event that featured potential 2024 GOP hopefuls such as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Sens. Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott.
He also spoke at the Susan B. Anthony List's Pro-Life Leaders Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, last week, an event that again featured DeSantis, Scott, and Rubio as well as other potential hopefuls such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham.
But speculation over who might be at the top of the GOP ticket in 2024 largely hinges on the ambitions of former President Donald Trump, who has continued to tease that a third run for the White House is in the cards.
Most recently, Trump told conservative pundit Candace Owens that "it's very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement."
"You know, for campaign finance reasons, you really can't do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing. ... Otherwise, I think I'd give you an answer that you'd be very happy with. So, we're looking at that very, very seriously," Trump said. "All I'd say is stay tuned."