Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday hinted at his plans for 2024 as he dodged a question about voting for former President Trump in the next election.
“Well, maybe there’s someone else that I prefer,” Pence said with a smile during an appearance at Georgetown University.
Pence was asked by a student in attendance if he would vote for Trump in 2024 if the former president were the GOP nominee.
“All my focus has been on the by-elections, and it will remain so for the next 20 days. But after that, we will think about the future,” Pence said.
The former vice president is believed to be laying the groundwork for a potential presidential bid in 2024.
He has given numerous speeches laying out his vision of the conservative movement through his own “freedom agenda,” urging Republicans to focus on the future rather than the past in a swing to Trump’s obsession with the 2020 election.
Pence also frequently visited early primary states, giving speeches and campaigning with GOP candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Pence was a staunch Trump loyalist during his four years as vice president, but since leaving office the two have fallen out over the events of January 6, 2021, when Pence refused to reject the election results at Trump’s urging.
Pence has since said repeatedly that Trump was wrong to think he could overturn the results, while praising the Trump administration’s achievements on trade, the border and foreign policy.