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Former Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he "will not allow the Democrats" to use January 6 to "distract attention from their failed agenda" and praised former President Trump’s record, while indicating, though, that his decision on whether to run for the White House in 2024 will not be impacted by Trump’s own re-election plans.
During a sit-down interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of a speech on economic policy at the University Club in Chicago, Pence reflected on the current state of the nation under the Biden administration, telling Fox News that President Biden is "embracing the politics of the radical left."
"At a time when we have inflation at a 40-year-high, gasoline prices more than doubled since we left office, a crisis at our southern border, war in Eastern Europe, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, maybe this just comes from living back in Indiana again, but, those are the things I’m focused on, and frankly, those are the things people talk to me about everywhere," Pence said. "The issues that are bearing upon the American people are, as is often the case, not what Washington is focused on."
Lawmakers on the House committee on Jan. 6 are investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and allege that Trump’s insistence that the 2020 election was stolen stoked the violence as Congress convened to certify the Electoral College votes. The committee is holding a series of public hearings in an effort to capture Americans’ attention before the November midterm elections.
"January 6 was a tragic day, and I know we did our duty, but I will always be proud of our record," Pence told Fox News. "And I am not going to allow the Democrats to use that tragic day to distract attention from their failed agenda or to demean the intentions of 74 million Americans who rallied behind our cause."
Pence told Fox News that after the 2020 election, he "had concerns about voting irregularities."
"I had hoped that the courts—including the Supreme Court—would have taken up and considered the fact that a number of states had changed rules governing elections," Pence said. "But, ultimately, the courts passed on them, and the electoral college certified the outcome, and I knew that my oath was clear."
Pence said that "by God’s grace," he knows he did his "duty that day, under the Constitution."
"The Bible says ‘he keeps his oath even when it hurts,’" Pence said. "I know what that means."
As for his relationship with Trump during the administration, Pence told Fox News: "We were very close friends."
"We parted very amicably on Jan. 20," Pence said. "I don’t know if the president and I will ever see eye to eye on my duties on Jan. 6, but, in the aftermath of that tragic day, we sat down, and we talked through it. And then we rolled our sleeves up and finished the final weeks of our administration working together.
"And we parted very amicably. And we spoke in the months that followed us leaving office—we spoke with some regularity," Pence continued. "And now, I think we’ve kind of gone our separate ways over the last year, but I’ll always be proud of the record we created."
Pence added: "We delivered for the American people."
Praising the former president, Pence said he will "always be proud" to have served alongside him.
"To serve alongside a president who literally got up every day and worked in the midst of an avalanche of hostile media, and the entire Russia hoax hanging over our administration—he never stopped fighting every day to deliver on the promises that we had made to the American people," Pence said.
Pence said the Trump administration "delivered on national security, on border security, on the economy, on wages and income, and turning investment to the country, and co... (Read more)