Clarifying that South Carolina would not be considered a flying state for Mike Pence, the former vice president, who is likely to run for president in 2024, said in the hall of hundreds of Christian Conservatives that winning the White House in four years will start right here.
“It’s time to ‘get back on the positive agenda of uniting’ and ‘bring America back,'” Pence said at a fundraising dinner in Colombia. “And it starts right here, right now in South Carolina.”
In his first public speech after leaving Washington. Following the Capitol riots on January 6, a pro-Trump mob stormed a federal building, sending Pence’s members of Congress into hiding and barricading themselves. Pence targeted the Biden administration. He said he was ready to undermine the success of the Trump administration over the past four years.
“In 2020, the American people did not vote for that agenda,” he said. “They did not vote for the agenda of the radical left.”
Thursday’s event was hosted by the Palmetto Family, a conservative nonprofit organization founded to “convincingly present biblical principles” that often lobby the state legislature, as it did this year when it passed an abortion ban that now is challenged in court.
In his 30-minute speech, Pence did not say what he would do in four years. He did not elaborate on his relationship with former President Donald Trump, which was broken after the Capitol riots but has since recovered, CNN reports.
Instead, Pence spoke of the Trump administration’s success in removing three COVID-19 vaccines from the ground and in fighting international terrorism.
Pence, 61, has maintained a relatively low rating since leaving Washington, making a book deal, working for the Conservative Research Center at the Heritage Foundation and the Young America’s Foundation. Pence, who was recently diagnosed with heart disease, underwent surgery in April.
The last year has brought challenges, Pence said, listing the global COVID-19 epidemic, civil unrest following the deaths of black men and women, particularly at the hands of the police, divisive elections, a “tragedy in the capital of our country” and a new administration.
“But through it all, I want you to know that I have hope,” Pence said.
He promised that the Republicans would gain not only after losing the White House, but also after losing the Senate.
“We would have benefited from that in the next four years,” Pence said.
“The best days for the greatest nation on earth are still to come,” Pence said to applause.
This story will be updated.