US: Why former Vice President Mike Pence won't be endorsing Trump

Pence was once Trump's most loyal defenders

US 2024 presidential elections Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence | AP

Former Vice President Mike Pence clearly stated that he will not be backing Donald Trump in the upcoming 2024 United States election. 

Anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution and who asks others to put them over the Constitution should never be president of the United States again, Pence had said during his campaign launch speech earlier. 

On a range of issues, Republican Pence and Trump had locked horns. Pence is one among the minority groups within the party that still oppose Trump from being the president. 

Pence was once Trump's most loyal defenders but broke with his two-time running mate by refusing to go along with his unconstitutional scheme to try to remain in power after losing the 2020 election.

"I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year...I have watched his candidacy unfold...I've seen him walking away from a commitment to confronting the national debt," said Pence in an interview with Fox News. 

During my presidential campaign I made it clear that there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, and not just our difference on my Constitutional duties that I exercised on January the 6th, he said. 

Pence also added that he had seen Trump shying away from a commitment to the sanctity of human life. As the candidacy unfolds, his reversal on getting tough on China and supporting our administration's effort to force the sale of the popular TikTok app was noted. 

"Trump is pursuing and articulating an agenda that is at odds with the conservative agenda that we governed on during our four years. And that's why I cannot in conscience endorse Donald Trump in this campaign," he said. 

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