(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – In a traditional American political world, Mike Pence’s 2024 presidential campaign would have a lot going for it.
A politician with experience in both Congress and as a state governor. A former vice-president who had multiple high-profile administration roles and four years to build connections with his party’s grass-roots. A methodical but reasonably charismatic public speaker who has a track record of strong debate performances and a stint as a popular conservative radio host.
This is not, however, a normal political world anymore – and it hasn’t been since Donald Trump barrelled his way to the Republican presidential nomination and the White House in 2016.
Instead, 2024 will be yet another precedent-setting moment in modern American politics – the first time a former vice-president and his former president will compete for their party’s presidential nomination.