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Pence calls out Trump’s obsession with 2020

Mike Pence shoots his former boss donald trump during an appearance at the Young America’s Foundation conference in Washington DC this morning, urging his audience of conservative students to look forward, not back.

The former vice-president, who is reflect on his own run for the presidency in 2024, touts a “freedom agenda” that he says is focused on the future.

Mike Pence at the Young America's Foundation conference on Tuesday
Mike Pence at the Young America’s Foundation conference on Tuesday Photography: Patrick Semansky/AP

His mentions of Trump by name were limited to claiming credit for their administration’s perceived accomplishments. But the former president permanent obsession with his defeat in the 2020 election against Joe Biden is clearly on Pence’s mind:

Some people may choose to focus on the past. But elections are about the future. And I believe conservatives need to focus on the future to win America back.

We cannot afford to take our eyes off the road ahead.

His comments sounded more tame than previous attacks on his former boss, whose supporters wanted to hang Pence during the deadly Capitol riot of January 6 as Trump pressed him to refuse to certify Biden’s victory.

But with the former running mates appearing to be moving in opposite directions, highlighted by their support from rival candidates in Arizona’s Republican primary for governor, Pence is keen to assert that he is the forward-looking politician.

I have come today not to look back but to look forward. The truth is, more than ever, conservatives need to focus on the challenges Americans face today and deliver bold, positive solutions for the future.

The conservative movement has always been built on the idea that ideas have consequences. Conservatism is bigger than any time, any election or any person. It’s always been about ideas.

Referring to the cancellation of his scheduled speech at the Heritage Foundation last night, due to a thunderstorm, Pence said:

More than ever, we must lead America with a future-oriented freedom agenda. God must have had different plans for today. Because he had to decide that a speech about the future… had to be given to the rising generation.

His hour-long speech ended with a final dig:

I truly believe that elections are about the future. It is absolutely essential…that we not give in to the temptation to look back.

We’ll be watching Trump’s response this afternoon when he speaks at the America First Agenda Summitalso in Washington.

Mike Pence has been taking shots at his former boss Donald Trump during an appearance at the Young America’s Foundation conference in Washington DC this morning, urging his audience of conservative students to look to the future, not backwards.

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The former vice-president, who is mulling his own run for the presidency in 2024, is touting a “freedom agenda” which he says is forward focused.

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His mentions of Trump by name were limited to claiming credit for their administration’s perceived achievements. But the former president’s ongoing obsession with his 2020 election defeat to Joe Biden is clearly on Pence’s mind:

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Some people may choose to focus on the past. But elections are about the future. And I believe conservatives must focus on the future to win back America.

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We can’t afford to take our eyes off the road in front of us.

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His comments appeared more tame than previous attacks on his one-time boss, whose supporters wanted to hang Pence during the deadly 6 January Capitol riot as Trump pressed him to refuse to certify Biden’s victory.

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But with the former running mates appearing to move in opposite directions, highlighted by their backing of rival candidates in Arizona’s Republican primary for state governor, Pence is keen to assert he is the politician looking to the future.

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I came today not to look backwards but to look forward. The truth of the matter is, now more than ever, conservatives need to be focused on the challenges Americans are facing today and offer bold and positive agenda solutions for the future.

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The conservative movement has always been built on the notion that ideas have consequences. Conservatism is bigger than any one moment, any one election, or any one person. It’s always been about ideas.

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Referring to the cancelation of his scheduled speech at the Heritage Foundation last night, due to a thunderstorm, Pence said:

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More than ever, we need to lead America with a freedom agenda focused on the future. God must have had different plans for today. For he must have decided that a talk about the future… should be given to the rising generation.

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His hour-long speech ended with one final dig:

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I truly believe elections are about the future. That is absolutely essential… that we don’t give way to the temptation to look back.

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We’ll be watching Trump’s response this afternoon when he speaks at the America First Agenda summit, also in Washington.

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Key events

David Smith

David Smith

After watching Mike Pence take pictures of Donald Trump’s 2020 election obsession this morning, we’ll be waiting for the former president’s response this afternoon when he addresses the America First Agenda Summit in Washington DC.

My colleague David Smith has this preview of Trump’s first return to Washington since leaving office:

Mr. Trump is going (back) to Washington. The former president will return to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, marking his first visit to the city since leaving office last year.

Trump will deliver the keynote address at a summit hosted by the America First Policy Institute, a think tank formed by some of his former White House advisers.

AFPI leaders said the America First Agenda summit would focus on Republican Party plans to fight inflation and improve the US immigration system, but the agenda is unlikely to stop Trump from recirculating his lies about the 2020 election.

The summit comes less than a week after the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection held its second prime time audience, which focused on Trump’s inaction during the deadly attack on the Capitol. The committee explained how Trump for hours refused to intervene and instead watched television coverage of the violence, even as some of his closest advisers pleaded with him to act.

Trump is expected to confront the committee’s accusations in his speech on Tuesday as he remained determined to criticize those who did not back his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Nashville, Tennessee, last monthTrump again attacked Mike Pence, his former vice president, for refusing to interfere with Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s Jan. 6 victory.

“Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be downright historic,” Trump said. “But just like [former Attorney General] Bill Barr and the rest of those weak people, Mike – and I say this sadly because I like him – but Mike didn’t have the guts to act.

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Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, backed fellow right-winger Harriet Hageman for Congress from Wyoming in a direct challenge to incumbent Liz Cheney.

“Harriet will be a rock-solid conservative congresswoman who will always defend the constitution,” Cruz said in a flattering statement.

“She knows the importance of defending individual constitutional rights and fighting back against the federal government.”

Cheney, a longtime Republican congressman, has drawn criticism from donald trump supporters such as Cruz for having been vice-president of the January 6 House Panel investigate the former president’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat.

The Wyoming primary takes place on August 16. A Casper Star Tribune Poll last week showed Cheney trailing Hageman by 22%.

Pence calls out Trump’s obsession with 2020

Mike Pence shoots his former boss donald trump during an appearance at the Young America’s Foundation conference in Washington DC this morning, urging his audience of conservative students to look forward, not back.

The former vice-president, who is reflect on his own run for the presidency in 2024, touts a “freedom agenda” that he says is focused on the future.

Mike Pence at the Young America's Foundation conference on Tuesday
Mike Pence at the Young America’s Foundation conference on Tuesday Photography: Patrick Semansky/AP

His mentions of Trump by name were limited to claiming credit for their administration’s perceived accomplishments. But the former president permanent obsession with his defeat in the 2020 election against Joe Biden is clearly on Pence’s mind:

Some people may choose to focus on the past. But elections are about the future. And I believe conservatives need to focus on the future to win America back.

We cannot afford to take our eyes off the road ahead.

His comments sounded more tame than previous attacks on his former boss, whose supporters wanted to hang Pence during the deadly Capitol riot of January 6 as Trump pressed him to refuse to certify Biden’s victory.

But with the former running mates appearing to be moving in opposite directions, highlighted by their support from rival candidates in Arizona’s Republican primary for governor, Pence is keen to assert that he is the forward-looking politician.

I have come today not to look back but to look forward. The truth is, more than ever, conservatives need to focus on the challenges Americans face today and deliver bold, positive solutions for the future.

The conservative movement has always been built on the idea that ideas have consequences. Conservatism is bigger than any time, any election or any person. It’s always been about ideas.

Referring to the cancellation of his scheduled speech at the Heritage Foundation last night, due to a thunderstorm, Pence said:

More than ever, we must lead America with a future-oriented freedom agenda. God must have had different plans for today. Because he had to decide that a speech about the future… had to be given to the rising generation.

His hour-long speech ended with a final dig:

I truly believe that elections are about the future. It is absolutely essential…that we not give in to the temptation to look back.

We’ll be watching Trump’s response this afternoon when he speaks at the America First Agenda Summitalso in Washington.

Hello readers of the political blog. It’s shaping up to be a busy day in Congress, with Senate Democrats working hard on fellow Republicans to garner enough support to push through the Marriage Equality Act at the end of the week.

Heading into the August recess, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer is keen to push ahead with the same-sex marriage bill that cleaned the house last week with the support of 47 Republicans, and up to Joe Bidenoffice.

But although a handful of senators Republicans have affirmed their support, it remains to be seen whether Democrats in the equally divided chamber can reach the 60-vote threshold they need to force a final vote.

Here’s what else we’re tracking today:

  • donald trump returns to Washington DC this afternoon for the first time since leaving office last year. His speech at the right-wing America First Agenda summit is apparently politically focused as he contemplates another run for president in 2024.
  • The January 6 House panel investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat continues its work behind closed doors, after a spirited series of public hearings and, as we learned last nightpotentially damning testimony from former vice president Mike PenceChief of Staff, Marc Short.
  • Joe Biden, who yesterday announced he was “feeling great” as he recovers from Covid-19, has a busy schedule. He virtually meets the boss of the South Korean group SK, which invests $22 billion in the American industry, and will attend (virtually) the celebrations in the House of the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • The Senate will vote this morning, after a weather delay yesterday, on the Chips Lawproviding $52 billion to U.S. computer chip companies, along with tax credits and other incentives.
  • The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierrewill make his daily briefing at 3:15 p.m., alongside Biden’s senior economic adviser Brian Deese.

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