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Pence leans into abortion issue, pulls away from Trump, in South Carolina speech

Pence leans into abortion issue, pulls away from Trump, in South Carolina speech

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In a speech given Wednesday night in South Carolina, former Vice President Mike Pence, who is considering a run for the White House in 2024, celebrated the end of federal protections for abortion while subtly distancing himself from former President Donald Trump.

Pence gave a speech at the Florence Baptist Church in Indiana, an early voting state that was crucial to his plan to win the Republican presidential nomination. In it, he talked about how he had broken ties in the Senate, worked to defund Planned Parenthood clinics, and addressed the Right to Life March for the first time as vice president.

Pence stated, “As we gather tonight, we must recognize we have only come to the end of the beginning” in regards to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. We must make up our minds that we will not give up until the sanctity of life is reinstated as the cornerstone of American law across the board.

Pence has pledged to seek to outlaw the mailing of abortion pills to women seeking to terminate their pregnancies, as well as to push for increased support for crisis pregnancy centers across the country.

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Most notably, Trump’s ex-Vice President, who is strongly pro-life, gave a campaign-style speech in which the “Trump-Pence administration” was barely mentioned.

The January 6th committee was scheduled to hold another hearing on Thursday to shed light on Trump’s alleged inaction as his supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block the peaceful transfer of power. Pence’s latest presidential toe-dipping came just hours before the hearing. Many of them chanted “Hang Mike Pence” as they stormed the building and found out that Pence had refused to participate in the scheme to block the certification of the Electoral College count.

There will be more campaign stops in the days ahead, including one in Arizona, where Pence and Trump have endorsed competing Republican candidates for governor.

There has been a dramatic drop in Trump’s Republican Party support, the lowest point since before he won the party’s nomination for president in 2016. Pence, whom many Republicans had written off as a presidential contender, appears to have benefited from the softening of support, in part as a result of the January 6 committee hearings and Trump’s refusal to move on from his defeat to Biden in 2020.

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Before a meeting of the House Republican Study Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, reportedly received applause from the conservative group when he praised Pence for defying Trump on January 6th and supporting the Constitution.

To put it simply, the vice president is an outstanding moral leader. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) reportedly said on the way out of the meeting, “He’s a real true leader and he’s earned the respect of Republicans and other Americans all over this country.”

Pence showed on Wednesday that he hopes Republican voters who are celebrating the end of national abortion rights will agree with that assessment and forget about Trump.

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