Updated Jun 5, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Mike Pence files paperwork to run for president

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on April 26, 2023. Photo: Allison Joyce / AFP via Getty

Former Vice President Mike Pence filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to launch his 2024 presidential bid.

Driving the news: Pence's FEC filing comes days ahead of his expected formal campaign launch, setting up a challenge to his onetime boss former President Trump.

The big picture: Pence, who largely avoided criticizing Trump while serving as vice president, has since condemned the former president for his actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

  • Trump sought to convince Pence that he could unilaterally reject electors during the 2020 election, and he defended supporters who threatened to "hang" the former vice president.
  • Pence earlier this year said that Trump "let me down" on Jan. 6 and that he and Trump have gone "separate ways" since leaving the White House.

Zoom out: Pence joins a crowded GOP primary field that includes Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

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