WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence has a new rights organization, the latest move in his gradual return to public and political life since his departure in January.
Pence 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 three in five white evangelicals polled by the conservative American Enterprise Institute in February said Joe Biden had not been legitimately elected.
This could pose a problem for Pence because former President Donald 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 he is “Distinguished Guest,” by 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, 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 Gov. Doug Ducey, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and former Senator Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum.
Former Trump administration officials supporting the Pence effort include Larry Kudlow, Kellyanne Conway, Robert Lighthizer, Seema Verma, Russ Vought and Andrew Wheeler.