by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Former Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Iowa later this month, another key indicator he’s pursuing a 2024 presidential bid.
Historically, the Hawkeye State has held the first-in-the-nation presidential contest, the Iowa caucuses, which have launched and killed many a presidential campaign.
Pence will headline the annual Story County Lincoln Highway Dinner in Ames on April 23 and pay a visit to the state’s ultra-conservative 4th Congressional District earlier in the day, according to The Washington Examiner.
This week Pence also launched a policy platform – the ‘Freedom Agenda’ – that he argued conservatives can use as a template to win future elections.
He Told Fox News Digital on Thursday it was important for America’s right-leaning party to ‘rally around a bold, optimistic agenda’ to ‘stop the radical left.’
‘Elections are about the future, and frankly the opposition would love nothing more for conservatives to talk about the past or to talk of the mess they’ve made of the present, but I think it’s of equal importance we focus on where conservatives at every level, whether it’s the active citizen or whether it be people in public life, can carry the country,’ Pence added.
The three-plank ‘Freedom Agenda’ was released by Pence’s 501(c)(4), Advancing American Freedom.
Contributors to the agenda included a number of former Trump White House officials and figures in the conservative movement including Kellyanne Conway, Betsy DeVos, Doug Ducey, Newt and Callista Gingrich, Larry Kudlow, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker, among others.
DeVos quit her position as former President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary two days after the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack.
Ducey, the current governor of Arizona, has become a target of Trump over his refusal to embrace ‘the big lie.’ Arizona was one of the red states that President Joe Biden turned blue in the 2020 election, allowing him to win the race.