Mike Pence Outlines His Top Priorities Ahead Of A Potential Bid For The White House In 2024

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s lobbying group launched a new agenda on Thursday, which many see as the first move toward a possible presidential run in 2024. After previewing a “major announcement” in recent days, Advancing American Freedom revealed its “Freedom Agenda” on its website. The 28-page booklet is likely to appeal to conservative voters who are concerned about abortion, taxes, and social media corporations.

There has been much speculation that Pence may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, but no campaign has yet been started, including by former President Donald Trump, who remains the GOP voters’ favorite choice. The Freedom Agenda is organized into three sections: American Culture, American Opportunity, and American Leadership, and it strikes many of the same conservative notes. Despite the fact that the booklet covers a wide range of topics, many of the arguments are known conservative perspectives on major issues.

The agenda’s American Culture section takes a strong stance against abortion, calling for the recognition of “the God-given worth and dignity of all individuals,” as well as religious celebrations and border security. The agenda calls for the cessation of “government taxpayer-funded abortion once and for all,” as well as the completion of the southern border wall promised by former President Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Pence’s program also calls for the end of sanctuary cities, addressing so-called “chain migration”—another hot topic for Trump—and encouraging “patriotic assimilation of immigrants through the immigration and citizenship process.” Plans to “encourage patriotic education” for American students are also on the table.

“State and local jurisdictions should require high school students to pass a test on their knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Federalist Papers prior to graduation to ensure that high school students graduate with a basic knowledge of America’s most important founding documents and ideals,” according to the agenda. This comes amid continuous debate about what is taught in American schools, as well as considerable Republican criticism of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which has resulted in attempts to prohibit its teaching in schools, despite the fact that CRT is mainly exclusively taught at the college level.

The part labeled “American Opportunity” argues that the citizens of the United States should be free of “oppressive taxation, totalitarian bureaucracy, and overregulation.” The program aims for lower taxes and reduced federal spending, as well as a five-year budget balance. The agenda states, “Pay down the government debt today so that future generations are not burdened with unsustainable interest payments.”

That part also advises that social media businesses “live under the same liability framework as traditional print and broadcast media corporations,” as well as a “revamp” of the World Trade Organization. If implemented, this legislation will effectively turn social media businesses into publishers, resulting in significant changes to internet platforms. The Freedom Agenda’s third section, American Leadership, urges for a tougher US posture against China, Russia, and other unfriendly countries, as well as an end to what the text refers to as a “woke” military culture.

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The part supports NATO, Taiwan, and Israel, and advocates for “strong defense budgets that provide all our military forces with the training and equipment they require.” It also condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin harms freedom and democracy at home and abroad while endangering stability by threatening Russia’s neighbors’ sovereignty,” the document states. Although the Republican presidential primaries do not begin until the early months of 2024, speculation regarding Pence’s intentions has been rampant. Trump has also hinted at a 2020 presidential run, although Pence and Trump have distanced themselves, particularly over the events on January 6, 2021.

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