There are some things it seems everyone who wants to be the president must do.
After meeting the constitutional requirements of being 35 and a U.S. citizen by birth, they have to get breakfast in New Hampshire.
Former vice President Mike Pence will meet that requirement next Wednesday when he drops in on the very traditional pre-presidential Politics & Eggs breakfast series at St. Anselm College.
Since the late 90s, almost every candidate to take a primary debate stage in the months before a presidential election has made a trip to the Granite State’s Queen City for an appearance at the series.
“Pence’s intention to run for president is clear,” University of New Hampshire Political Science Professor Dante Scala told the Herald. “But just as clear are the formidable obstacles he faces among a GOP electorate still quite friendly toward Pence’s former boss.”
Although Pence’s visit was initially announced last month, the schedule now places it squarely in the wake of the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home, Mar-A-Lago.
Though Pence was the target of enormous pressure by Trump and his supporters to scuttle certification of the election, he came to the defense of the former president on Tuesday after the FBI raid, saying he shared “the deep concerns of millions of Americans” over the search of Trump’s private residence.
Pence stopped short of attacking the FBI. Instead, saying Attorney General Merrick Garland should “give a full accounting to the American people as to why this action was taken and he must do so immediately.”
Pence’s relationship with Trump has been described as ‘strained’ in many outlets, but Trump is, by all accounts, still the Republican party’s leading pick for the 2024 election, consistently leading polls.
Pence and his former boss had a showdown of sorts just this week in the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary.
Pence visited the state to campaign for former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, against her Trump-backed opponent construction company co-owner Tim Michels.
Michels won the primary on Tuesday.