The race for the 2024 presidential ticket just got a bit crowded. Yesterday, former Vice President Mike Pence threw his hat into the ring, filing paperwork for a presidential run. His 64th birthday on Wednesday will double as his formal campaign launch in Des Moines, Iowa.
In a significant break from his past with former President Donald Trump, his nomination echoes a return to Republican establishment policies, placing him as a Reagan-style conservative in the race.
Joining Pence is former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is set to launch his bid at a town hall in New Hampshire this evening. This will be his second attempt at a presidential run. Christie has vowed to challenge Trump directly. Despite his alignment with many Trump policies, Christie has criticized the former president’s conduct and rejected his claims about the 2020 election.
Both candidates join the swelling field already teeming with the likes of Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.