Pence trips spark further 2024 White House race speculation

Location, location, location!

In a move that will spark further 2024 speculation, former Vice President Mike Pence will headline a major Republican Party dinner and fundraising event in early June in New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first primary in the race for the White House.

Fox News was first to report this past week that Pence will headline the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan awards dinner on June 3 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Days before the news broke, Pence traveled to South Carolina, the state that votes third in the GOP’s nominating calendar and holds the first southern contest in the presidential primaries, to give his first address since the end of Donald Trump‘s administration on Jan. 20.

“We’ve got to guard our values … by offering a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals,” Pence spotlighted in his speech.

He then pledged: “Over the coming months, I’ll have more to say about all of that.”

The former vice president also touted that he’ll be spending the coming months “pushing back on the liberal agenda” of President Biden’s administration, which he stressed was wrong for the country.

On Friday Pence spoke at a donor appreciation gathering hosted by Karl Rove, the former President George W. Bush political adviser, longtime GOP strategist and Fox News contributor. The former vice president wasn’t the only potential 2024 Republican White House hopeful attending the gathering, which was held in Austin, Texas.

Also on the list were former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Tim Scott of South Carolina, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The event, titled the “Texas Victory Committee Donor Appreciation Conference,” wasn’t the only cattle call this past week.