Former Vice President Mike Pence indicated to reporters that Nikki Haley, who recently announced her White House bid, could “have company soon.”
Pence made the hint about his ambitions to pursue a 2024 Presidential bid during an event at Clear Rapids, Iowa.
He also told reporters he was sending his well wishes to Haley, commending the former United Nations ambassador for doing a” great job” during former President Donald Trump’s administration.
Pence has insinuated he would be running for President for some time but insisted he hadn’t made the decision yet, implying he would be joining Haley “soon” changes that.
The former Vice President could struggle to find support in what looks to be a crowded GOP primary, with a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey revealing he only had 7 percent support among registered Republican voters.
Nevertheless, Pence’s comments come after Haley, also former Governor of South Carolina, formally announced her Presidential bid at an event in Charleston, South Carolina.
Haley, who turned 51 last month, portrayed herself as the kind of leader that would strengthen a nation that she asserted was “on a path of doubt, division, and self-destruction.”
The former South Carolina Governor also used her campaign announcement speech to take shots at Democrats and President Joe Biden.
Haley stressed the need for a “new generation” of leadership in Washington and called for the nation to reject “identity politics,” explaining that she didn’t believe the U.S. is racist while appealing for unity.
Trump has also commented on Haley’s bid, saying he was “glad” she was throwing her hat into the ring.