Well, for those that thought Pence was looking to distance himself from Trump as much as possible, we all got it wrong.
This week it was announced that Mike Pence is launching a new conservative advocacy group called Advancing American Freedom.
The goal of the group is to combine traditional conservative thinking with the new “Trumpism” movement that has formed within the party.
The new group is hoping to unite the two factions of the conservative movement that now exist within the Republican Party.
By doing so, it believes it can create a “winning formula for a broader coalition.”
The advisory board is a group of former Trump power brokers, such as Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow.
The organization has also recruited David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth.
Pence, in a statement to the Washington Examiner, stated, “Advancing American Freedom plans to build on the success of the last four years by promoting traditional conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration.
“Conservatives will not stand idly by as the radical left and the new administration attempt to threaten America’s standing as the greatest nation in the world with their destructive policies.”
This also seems to be the beginning of mended fences between Trump and Pence, as the former president gave a huge thumbs up to the new project.
Trump stated, “It was the most successful first term in American history.
“Nice to see Mike highlighting some of our many achievements!”
Kellyanne Conway added, “I’ve worked alongside Mike Pence for 12 years in an official capacity but have known him for decades.
“He has the heart of a servant and the mind of a policy wonk and through this issue advocacy group wants to ensure that the promise of America belongs to each and every one of us.”
Pence has been relatively quiet since leaving office, but that will also change soon enough.
In addition to the launching of this new group, Pence has his first public speaking engagement scheduled for the end of the month.
As he comes back into the public eye, it will be interesting to see if Trump supporters shun him or welcome him back to the fold.
With Trump openly offering his support of the new project, I would think it will soften the blow, at least a little bit, as Pence moves forward.
Source: Washington Examiner