Pence Criticizes Trump’s Decision to Skip Second GOP Primary Debate
Former Vice President Pence expressed his disapproval of former President Trump’s decision to skip the second GOP primary debate in
Former Vice President Pence expressed his disapproval of former President Trump’s decision to skip the second GOP primary debate in the 2024 presidential cycle in an interview on Monday.
Pence, who is also running for the GOP nomination in 2024, remarked, “I think it’s a missed opportunity for Donald Trump, and I think it’s a missed opportunity for Republican voters,” during the interview with CBS News.
He went on to emphasize the challenges facing the country, including what he sees as weaknesses in the Biden administration’s domestic and foreign policies. Pence stressed that all Republican candidates vying for the nomination, including the former president, owe it to the American people to communicate their agendas for addressing these issues.
Recent reports have confirmed that Trump intends to deliver a speech to autoworkers as an alternative to participating in the second GOP debate, which is scheduled to be hosted by Fox Business.
Trump notably skipped the first Republican debate, citing his leading position in the race and his belief that Fox News Channel was biased against him, leading to concerns about boosting the network’s ratings.
Pence continued to argue that the debate would provide Trump with an opportunity to present a conservative agenda to voters. He pointed to Trump’s recent comments regarding the six-week abortion ban in Florida as an example of the former president’s stance on conservative issues.
“In 2016, Donald Trump promised to govern as a conservative, and we did govern as conservatives,” Pence stated. “But he makes no such promise today.”