Former Vice President Mike Pence suspended his 2024 presidential campaign Saturday, with his campaign running low on money and the Republican Party moving in a different direction than the longtime Indiana conservative.
He made the unexpected announcement at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas.
“I came here to say it’s become clear to me this is not my time. So after much deliberation I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today,” he said onstage. “I have no regrets. The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we never tried at all.”
His spokesperson Devin O’Malley said Pence chose the convention for the announcement because “the conflict in Israel is a microcosm of what Pence has been evangelizing regarding populism and traditional conservative values.”
“RJC provided him one last opportunity to make that case and do so in front of a supportive audience,” O’Malley added.
Republican candidates praised Pence following his announcement. “He’s been a good man of faith. He’s been a good man of service,” said former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted: “Vice President Mike Pence is a principled man of faith who has