On Monday (December 26), several news outlets shared reports that former Vice President Mike Pence had entered the 2024 White House race following a “statement of candidacy” filed with the FEC on Pence’s behalf.
However, a spokesperson for the Republican explained Pence hadn’t entered the race nor filed the paperwork.
Devin O’Malley, Pence’s spokesperson, took to Twitter to respond to queries about whether Pence had announced his 2024 candidacy, asserting that Pence hadn’t before suggesting that pundits and journalists had likely been “pranked.”
When reached out for comment, O’Malley declined to comment on whether the former Vice President had filed with the FEC.
A spokesperson for the FEC explained that it couldn’t give information about specific filings but revealed it had a way to ascertain if the form was fraudulently filed.
On Monday at 5:12 p.m. ET, an FEC statement of candidacy filing was made in the name of Mr. Mike Robert Pence, whereas in previous FEC filings, the former Vice President inserted “Michael” as his first name.
Pence has been fueling speculation he would mount a 2024 White House bid, telling Fox News on December 13 that people getting know him and his family, their “conservative convictions” and “faith” better, had been a “source of encouragement.”
Should Pence choose to enter the race, he’ll be competing against former President Donald Trump, who is the only confirmed candidate for the 2024 race after he announced his bid on November 15.
Pence would also have other contenders in the Republican 2024 primary. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), Virginia Governor Glenn Young, former Secretary of State Mike Pence, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley are predicted to enter the race.