(NationalUSNews.com) — Former Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign says that Pence has crossed the donor threshold required for Republican candidates to attend the debates, making Pence eligible to participate in the upcoming GOP debates. The GOP’s donor requirement isn’t the only criterion for hopeful candidates, as they also must perform well in polls to take a spot on the national stage.
Pence surpassed the polling requirement before meeting the donor threshold, meaning he is prepared to join other popular Republican candidates like Ron DeSantis in the highly publicized political debates. Pence is the 8th candidate eligible for the debates per the RNC guidelines; other qualified candidates include Tim Scott, Ron DeSantis, and Donald Trump. Trump famously claims he will not be attending the upcoming debates, drawing heavy criticism from other Republican candidates who see the debates as an obligation among presidential candidates.
Pence isn’t as popular as other candidates like DeSantis, meaning the former Vice President faces an uphill battle for his presidential campaign to gain traction. Despite this uphill battle, Pence is confident in his qualifications and claims he is the Republican Party’s best chance at defeating President Joe Biden in the upcoming 2024 election.
Pence claims that a top focus of his administration will be to make the United States a significant global energy producer, likely focusing on a shift to nuclear power. Pence’s comments echo both parties’ concerns about the future of United States energy, an industry that took a blow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Biden Administration’s policies that hindered American energy production. While Pence’s focus on energy production is a shift from other Republican candidates’ platforms, like Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump’s platforms, it won’t draw many voters to Pence’s campaign without significant national coverage.
Pence will face heavy criticism from Republican voters in the coming weeks should he testify against the former president in the various criminal cases against Donald Trump. Pence announced he would be cooperating with police and prosecutors in their cases against Donald Trump and hasn’t denied the possibility of being called as a witness. Trump remains adamant that he’s innocent of the crimes he’s accused of, but Pence’s testimony could significantly hinder Donald Trump’s legal battle.
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