Pence Exits Presidential Race

Former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out of the race for the presidency on Saturday. At the time, the polls still had him coming in ahead of four of his Republican challengers.

Pence leaves behind a legacy of work as vice president alongside former President Donald Trump, but Americans are questioning whether Pence’s exit will pave the way out of the race for other GOP candidates.

Pence announced to a crowd at the Republican Jewish Coalition that he was pulling out:

“We always knew this would be an uphill battle, but I have no regrets.”

He continued, “To the American people, I say: This is not my time, but it is still your time. I urge you to hold fast to what matters most — faith, family, and the Constitution.” He added, “It’s become clear to me, this is not my time.”

Pence’s remarks came at an interesting time when he was still polling at 3.5%, according to RealClearPolitics. With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie trailing behind him at 2.4%, followed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) at 1.6%, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND) tied at 0.6%, some are saying Pence called it too soon.

Furthermore, if Pence thinks he’s done, what does that say about his challengers who were coming in behind him? Is time up for them, too?

Christie joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to share his thoughts on Pence dropping out.

Christie stated, “I think he made the right decision for he and his family to get out of the race. And in the end, it just means this race is narrowing, which everyone said that it would.” He followed up noting, “It is narrowing. It will narrow more, I suspect when we get to the debate stage in Miami.”

Christie is adamant about staying in the race until he can take the stage with Trump and debate him and he sees the New Hampshire primary through. This signals a campaign strategy for staying in the political game in New Jersey more than it does hope for Christie to take the White House at this point.

The third Republican primary debate is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Miami. Only candidates polling an average of at least 4% between state and national polls will be able to participate. Some analysts are arguing that Pence may have dropped out in advance of the next debate for that reason.

Pence may go down in history for failing to support Trump during the 2020 election scandal. The base the mainstream media claimed Pence had prior to his campaign launching clearly didn’t turn out for the former VP.

Trump did request an endorsement from Pence, but no one is holding their breath waiting for that to happen.

Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley may have summarized what happened here best, noting:

“Bashing Donald Trump is not a platform. Jan. 6 doesn’t impact the daily lives of Americans, and it’s a wash among the tiny minority that really cares about it.” He added, “Elections are not about you. They’re about the voters and what you’re going to do for the voters.”

It’s clear that Pence didn’t communicate that message well.

Shirley highlighted, “Trump does that every day. He does it in his sleep. He says, ‘I’m going to bash the establishment for you,’ and the people say, ‘Right on.’”

He’s not wrong.