Mike Pence announces his candidacy for president of the USA

2023-06-05 19:20:10, Kosova & Bota CNA
Mike Pence announces his candidacy for president of the USA
Former US Vice President, Mike Pence

The former American vice president, Mike Pence, on June 5 announced himself as a candidate in the Republican presidential race for the position of president, thus starting a battle against former president Donald Trump.

Pence's campaign team filed a statement of candidacy with the US Federal Election Commission.

Pence will kick off his campaign with a video and a speech in Iowa on June 7, three sources close to Pence told Reuters news agency last week.

Pence's candidacy pits him against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Pence had been Trump's vice president but refused to support him when he tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election, won by Democrat Joe Biden.

The former Indiana governor has increasingly distanced himself from Trump, saying Trump's actions that encouraged the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol building had endangered him and his family, who were in the building at the time. time.

Pence joins a large number of Republican candidates, including Trump, US Sen. Tim Scott and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is also planning to enter the race soon, according to Reuters sources.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also join the race on June 6, bringing the total number of Republican candidates into double digits.

The large number of candidates has worried many of Trump's opponents within the Republican Party, who fear that the vote against Trump could be split and thus hand the party's nomination to the former president./ REL

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