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By Lisa Pelgin | Sunday, 17 March 2024 10:30 AM
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In a surprising development on Friday, former Vice President Mike Pence refrained from endorsing his previous running mate, ex-President Donald Trump.

This announcement comes in the wake of their strained relationship following the January 6 riots, during which Trump criticized Pence for his refusal to return disputed electoral slates to state legislatures in his capacity as Senate President.

Pence, however, stated that his decision should not be seen as unexpected. Speaking on "The Story," he declared, "It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year." He further expressed pride in their administration's accomplishments, stating, "I'm incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world."

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Pence highlighted the differences between him and his former superior during his presidential campaign. He reiterated his stance that he did not possess the authority under the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to return disputed elector slates to state legislators, contrary to the claims of Trump and his supporters. "[We have] our differences on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January 6 [2021]," he said.

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Pence criticized Trump's 2024 campaign for portraying him as neglecting the conservative commitment to reducing national debt and respecting the "sanctity of human life." He also pointed out Trump's recent comments on China and his opposition to a TikTok ban in the U.S., which contradicts his previous strong resistance to the Chinese-controlled social media app during his presidency.

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"Last week [was] his reversal on getting tough on China, and supporting our administration's effort to force a sale of ByteDance [and] TikTok," Pence said. Trump, on the other hand, argued that the Gallagher-Krishnamoorthi TikTok bill, which some have described as a "ban," would only strengthen Facebook's parent company, Meta, with which he has had conflicts over allegations of conservative and anti-establishment censorship.

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"I consider Facebook to be an enemy of the people," Trump told CNBC as part of his TikTok commentary. When asked why Trump seemed to have a change of heart on TikTok, Pence said he couldn’t speculate on it specifically. He reiterated that he finds Trump to be pursuing a platform "at odds with the conservative agenda" the two men governed on for four years.

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A Politico report mentioned that Trump recently revived a previously tense relationship with the conservative Club for Growth. It also noted that one of its top contributors, Jeffrey Yass, the wealthiest man in Pennsylvania, owns a 15% share in ByteDance. However, Trump stated that he and Yass did not discuss TikTok but instead school choice when they met during a recent donor retreat, according to FOX Business.

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On "The Story," Pence said that regardless of his own support or lack thereof, Republican voters have made it clear that Trump is their choice this year. "What I'm going to spend the rest of this year on is talking about what we should be for. And that is the broad mainstream conservative agenda that's defined our party and always made America strong and prosperous and free," he said.

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Pence also dismissed speculation of a third-party run given his aversion to Trump’s candidacy, stating, "I’m a Republican, Martha," to Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum. He also emphasized that he would not vote for President Biden under any circumstances. "How I vote when that curtain closes – that’ll be for me," he said.

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