Pence responds to Romney remarks on viability in 2024 GOP race: ‘I’m running to win’

Former Vice President Pence responded to remarks made by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) that cast doubt on Pence’s viability in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, saying on Wednesday, “I’m running to win.”

Romney, who announced earlier on Wednesday that he would not be seeking reelection in the Beehive State, told The Washington Post in an interview ahead of his announcement that “I don’t think [Pence] has…any delusions that he’s going to become the nominee.”

“I think he’s running for other reasons. one, to repair his legacy…What he’s saying is important to be said…I’m glad he’s running and saying those things. I respect that,” Romney added.

But Pence disputed those comments during a NewsNation town hall with anchor Leland Vittert. NewsNation is owned by Nexstar, which also owns The Hill. 

“I’m running for president of the United States because I think this country’s in a lot of trouble,” Pence said when asked about Romney’s comments. “And I’m running to win.” 

“I’m running to win the Republican nomination, and I’m running to win a better future for American families that are struggling under the failed policies from the Biden administration at home and abroad. Look, I’ll leave Sen. Romney with his opinions, but [the] people who know me, know I’m in it to win it, and not a victory for me.”

Pence’s comments come as the former vice president has, like other 2024 GOP contenders, struggled to close the gap against former President Trump in the polls. Trump has remained the clear frontrunner in the race despite mounting legal challenges. 

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