“Christian”, “Conservative”, “Republican”: Trump’s Apostle Mike Pence: Even before the TV duel with Harris, there was a dispute
This year, the TV duel between the vice-candidates in the US election campaign will be a spectacle. Vice President Mike Pence competes against Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. Pence is considered Trump’s most loyal ally.
After the TV duel between President Donald Trump and candidate Joe Biden took place last week, the focus is now on Republican Vice-President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice-candidate Kamala Harris.
On the night from Wednesday to Thursday (3 a.m. CET, 7 p.m. local time), Pence and Harris compete in a TV duel. What has been dismissed as a minor matter in recent years is now eagerly awaited. Because Trump’s corona disease moves his possible deputy into focus. He has to be there in case the US president fails again.
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Mike Pence is Trump’s most loyal ally
Pence is more than impressed by his boss: he’s probably Trump’s most loyal ally in the White House.
Pence has never criticized the US president in public.
Pence is popular in conservative circles and it is believed that he would like to become president himself in 2024.
The 61-year-old is seen by many allies as the last hope of the Trump campaign. For four years he has been trying to soften Trump’s words and to make them palatable for moderate Republicans and swing voters, as the American magazine “Politico” analyzes.
“Mike Pence is a decent and respectful man. He won’t do anything to repeat the president’s behavior in the first debate,” said fellow party member Michael Steele, who was Chairman of the Republican National Committee until 2011, adding that Pence is a “gifted communicator who explains government performance better than the president himself”.
Pence opposes Harris’ proposal
Prior to working closely with Trump, Pence was governor of Indiana. At the end of the 1980s, Pence failed as a young lawyer with his candidacy for the US House of Representatives. Instead, he started a radio career with the Mike Pence Show. During this time he converted from Catholicism to evangelism. Now unimaginable, but he also changed camps in politics: As a supporter of the Democrats, he switched to the Republicans during his studies.
He currently heads the Corona Task Force in the White House and has a similar opinion on the virus as the President. He, too, largely leaves wearing a mask. Even in the run-up to the upcoming TV duel, Pence defended himself against the Plexiglas walls between them, which Harris demanded – but then agreed.
Pence describes himself as a “Christian”, “Conservative” and “Republican”
When the virus broke out in the White House, Pence fled and stayed at his residence near the Washington Observatory for most of the time.
But the Trump-Pence duo is not only united in opinions about the corona virus. Pence, too, like Trump, is skeptical about man-made climate change.
He once described himself as a “Christian”, “Conservative”, “Republican” and emphasized: “Exactly in that order”.
You can read the TV duel between Pence and Harris here.
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