Former US Vice President Mike Pence will announce, next Wednesday, his candidacy for the 2024 White House elections, in a challenge to Donald Trump on the Republican nomination ticket, according to US media, Wednesday.
CNN and other media said that Pence, 63, will launch his presidential campaign on June 7 with a speech in the Midwestern state of Iowa.
Trump, 76, announced in November that he intends to run for the presidency for the third time and appears to be the favorite to win the Republican nomination card.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, entered the race last week, and another prominent Republican, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is expected to join the race next week.
Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, and the first female ambassador appointed by Trump to the United Nations is also seeking the Republican nomination ticket, and the same endeavor is shared by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
DeSantis has long been seen as Trump’s most serious challenger and has distanced himself from the former president, despite embracing his own America First populist agenda.
Christie had a previously close relationship with Trump, but he strongly criticized him after the January 2021 attack on the Capitol building and Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat against Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
After years of unwavering loyalty to Trump, Pence was shocked when a crowd of Trump supporters threatened his life during their attack on Congressional headquarters.
And Pence, an evangelical Christian and staunch opponent of abortion has been touring the country in recent months, speaking in many of the states seen as the most important in the race for the Republican nomination.