In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Pence expressed his belief that such decisions should be left to the voters. He made these remarks while interacting with customers at a bakery in Rochester, New Hampshire, a working-class city that holds significant influence as the second state to vote in the Republican presidential nominating calendar.
A growing number of Republicans in New Hampshire, as well as in a few other states, are questioning Trump's eligibility to run for the presidency based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This section disqualifies individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or provided aid or comfort to its enemies from holding office again.
The idea of invoking the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot has gained traction, particularly in light of his recent indictments in federal court and in Georgia for his alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
When asked about these efforts, Pence highlighted the recent statement by Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who expressed his expectation that Trump would be on the ballot in the state. Pence echoed this sentiment, stating that not only does he anticipate Trump's presence on the ballot, but he also hopes to see him on the debate stage soon.
Specifically, Pence referred to the second Republican presidential nomination debate, scheduled to take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on September 27. He expressed his desire for a robust debate on the future of the country between himself and his former running mate.
Pence's relationship with Trump drastically changed on January 6, 2021, when the U.S. Capitol was attacked. At the time, Pence was presiding over the joint session of Congress responsible for certifying President Biden's Electoral College victory.
As the Capitol was stormed by rioters, some of whom called for Pence's execution, he, along with other members of Congress, had to seek temporary safety. By fulfilling his constitutional duties and refusing to overturn the election results as Trump desired, Pence incurred the wrath of the former president and many of his ardent supporters.
Despite the strained relationship between Pence and Trump, the former president remains the clear frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Pence, on the other hand, lags far behind in the polls, along with the majority of other Republican contenders.