Republican presidential contender Mike Pence expressed his ongoing optimism that former President Donald Trump might decide to participate in the GOP’s initial 2024 presidential debate this week.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump’s former vice president conveyed his hope for Trump’s presence on the debate stage.
Pence emphasized the opportunity for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges confronting the American people.
“I served alongside the president for a long time, and one thing I realized about him is: It’s not over till it’s over. I’m actually still hoping he shows up,” Pence reiterated, expressing his desire for Trump’s last-minute involvement.
The first Republican primary debate, hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, is scheduled to air on Fox News on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Trump’s confirmation regarding his attendance is still pending.
Irrespective of Trump’s participation, Pence underscored his intention to distinguish himself by remaining true to his identity. Responding to the anchor’s query on how he aims to stand out, Pence stated, “I’m just going to be me.”
“I feel like I’ve been preparing for this first Republican presidential debate my whole life. And frankly, as [former second lady Karen Pence] and I have traveled all across the country, one of the things we’ve come to realize is that I’m well known, but I’m not known well,” Pence added.
Pence emphasized that while many Americans recognize him as the “loyal vice president who fought alongside President Trump,” voters should also be aware of his history as a “House conservative leader” and a “conservative governor.” He aims to showcase his broader context and leadership style in the debate.
Scheduled for August 23 at 9 p.m. ET, the first debate will be broadcast across FOX News Media’s platforms. Apart from Trump and Pence, Republican candidates Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Doug Burgum have all qualified to participate in the debate.