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Pence slams claim that he's planning 2020 presidential run

Pence slams claim that he's planning 2020 presidential run

US Vice President Mike Pence confirms President Donald Trump will sign a Congressional bill imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation and warns North Korea that "all options are on the table".

The american vice-president Mike Pence has categorically denied Sunday the assertions of the New York Times in which he is actively preparing to be a candidate for the presidency in 2020 as the successor to Donald Trump.

But Pence called the article "fake news" and said his entire team was focused on advancing Trump's agenda and seeing him re-elected in 2020.

"And I know that his advisers who had comments attributed to them have pushed back strongly, as has the vice president".

"The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration", he said in the statement.

The Times article suggested that Pence was the "pacesetter" among a group of Republican "political opportunists" preparing to move in if Trump draws blame for the party suffering serious losses in next year's midterm elections.

In addition, Pence has strategically made himself the Trump administration's ambassador to the GOP donor class, and hired a campaign operative, Nick Ayers, as his chief of staff instead of a veteran of the federal government like most vice presidents typically hire.

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On the Democratic side, former vice president and 2000 presidential nominee Al Gore downplayed any suggestion that he might run again.

"Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd", he said.

The report said Marty Obst, an aide the the vice president, wanted to "be prepared to run in case there was an opening in 2020". Tom Cotton, Sen. Ben Sasse and Gov.

It was an intriguing story, considering that Trump is barely six months into his term, yet "luminaries in his own party have begun what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020 - as if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren't involved".

Lately, there have been quite a few rumors about the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence looking forward to announce a presidential bid for 2020.

The report specifically named Pence as a potential contender, citing an unusually busy schedule that has cemented "his status as Mr. Trump's heir apparent".


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