CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday (August 6)denied a New York Times report suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it “disgraceful and offensive.”
“The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration,” Pence said in a statement.
The New York Times story said some Republicans were moving to form a “shadow campaign” for 2020 as though President Donald Trump were not involved. It said multiple advisers to Pence “have already intimated to party donors that he would plan to run if Mr. Trump did not.”
But Pence called the article “fake news” and said his entire team was focused on advancing Trump’s agenda and seeing him re-elected in 2020. “Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
The Times said Pence had not only kept a full political calendar but also had created his own independent power base, including a political fund-raising group called the “Great America Committee.”
The Times also reported that Ohio Governor John Kasich, who ran unsuccessfully in 2016, has not ruled out a bid in 2020.