Former Vice President Mike Pence will stomp for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on the eve of this month’s GOP gubernatorial primary – further distancing Pence from former President Donald Trump, who has actively supported Kemp’s rival.
Kemp’s campaign announced that Pence would attend a May 23 event as the incumbent seeks a challenge from former Sen. David Perdue. Georgia Republican primary voters will go to the polls the next day.
“Brian Kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in America,” said Pence StatementCiting the governor’s efforts to build “a safer and stronger Georgia” through tax cuts, investments in teachers and enforcement, as well as “empowering parents.”
“Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to the faith, family and people of Georgia,” Pence said. “I am proud to extend my full support to Brian Kemp for four more years as governor of the great state of Georgia!”
Kemp said he was “honoured” to have the support of the former vice president, claiming that Pence’s leadership was “important in creating the most prosperous economy in American history.”
,[His] The commitment to building a safer, stronger America represents the highest ideals of our party,” Kemp said. “We couldn’t be more grateful for his friendship for our family and the state, and we thank the campaign in Georgia.” Looking forward to welcoming him on the trail!”
Pence’s support came days after his former boss issued his latest swipe at Kemp – who has been highly critical of the 45th president’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the Peach State during the 2020 election.
“Today, Brian Kemp, the governor of the worst ‘electoral integrity’ in the country, loaded the great state of Georgia with RINOs,” Trump said on Wednesday, accusing Kemp of being a “Republican in name only.”
“That’s right, he had all of that. Chris Christie, Doug Ducey from Arizona, and Pete Ricketts from Nebraska. It tells you what you need to know about what’s going on in Georgia — just bad choices.” Continuity and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp.
In March, Trump traveled to Georgia to hold a rally in support of Perdue, which has backed the former president’s claims of election fraud.
“Despite the cold weather last night in Georgia, the huge crowds, the excitement was unbelievable,” Trump said at the time. “David Perdue, running up against the terrifying governor Brian Kemp, who rigged and plagiarized the election, is seeing a huge surge. Would be interesting, but why would anyone want to vote for someone who has unnecessarily really Bad and unreasonable consent decree would have been allowed, but the special session requested by the state senate would not be allowed. Kemp is a disaster for Georgia.”
Several other top Republicans have come out in support of Kemp, including former President George W. Bush, and recent polls show the incumbent is enjoying a double-digit lead over his opponent.
Whoever wins the Republican primary will face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams—who lost to Kemp in 2018.
This is not the first time the former vice president has parted ways with Trump. In February, Pence called the 45th president “incorrect” about the vice president’s ability to annul election results, calling the belief “un-American.”
“The presidency is only for the American people and the American people,” he said at the time. “And frankly, there is no idea more non-American than the notion that any person can elect a US president. Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election.”
Pence is believed to be considering a 2024 bid for president, but he could face a tough fight if Trump also throws his hat in the ring. Neither has announced formal plans to run.