WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence is putting his pen to paper for what his publisher promises will be “the definitive book on one of the most important presidencies in American history.”
Simon & Schuster announced a two-book deal with Pence on Wednesday, the first of which will be his autobiography. Its publication is tentatively scheduled for 2023.
The book will address the “many pivotal moments in the administration,” according to the editor, from the time Donald Trump chose Pence as his running mate until the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
It is unclear to what extent Pence, who was known for his message discipline and loyalty to Trump, will dive into the split with Trump following Pence’s refusal to try to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people,” Pence said in a statement.
The deal on the book was announced the same day Pence launched a new rights organization, the latest move in his gradual return to public and political life since leaving in January.
Pence has said he will use his group, Advancing American Freedom, to “build on the success of the past four years” in promoting traditional conservative values and the policies of the Trump administration.
“The Conservatives will not stand idly by as the radical left and the new administration attempt to threaten America’s position as the world’s greatest nation with their destructive policies,” Pence said in a statement.
Specific policies promoted on the group’s website include upholding religious freedom, promoting trade deals similar to the US-Mexico-Canada deal, completing construction of the “Trump-Pence border wall. And the defense of the police.
Pence will deliver his first public speech since the end of the Trump administration on April 29 in South Carolina. He will be the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative Christian nonprofit.
Pence’s strongest support base is Christian conservatives. Members of its advisory board include Robert Jeffress, one of Trump’s main evangelical supporters; Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family; Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America; and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion.
About 3 in 5 white evangelicals polled by the conservative American Enterprise Institute in February said Biden was not legitimately elected. This could pose a problem for Pence because Trump criticized him for not trying to block Congress’s acceptance of the electoral count.
Pence did not speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, where he received almost no support in a straw poll that asked attendees who they support for the presidency in 2024.
But Pence is expected to be active midway through 2022. Fundraising for his new organization and the political action committee he created during his tenure could help him maintain ties with conservative donors.
Pence also maintains a public profile through the curator Heritage Foundation, where his post is distinguished as a visiting scholar, joining a speakers bureau and launching a podcast hosted by the Young America’s Foundation.
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In March, Pence attacked Democrats’ voting reform proposals in an opinion piece for The Daily Signal, a blog affiliated with the Heritage Foundation. Writing that he shares the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election, Pence said the contest was “marked by significant voting irregularities.”
A national coalition of election security officials called the election “the safest in American history.” Allegations of electoral fraud were dismissed by the courts.
Pence said his new organization will be active at the national and federal levels in offering conservative political solutions for economic and foreign policy and constitutional issues.
Other advisers to the group include current and former political leaders such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Senator Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum.
Former Trump administration officials supporting the effort include Larry Kudlow, Kellyanne Conway, Robert Lighthizer, Seema Verma, Russ Vought and Andrew Wheeler.