- Mike Pence made a shocking announcement Saturday that he will be dropping out of the 2024 race
- “The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we didn’t try at all,” he said, admitting it’s clear he can’t win
- Came during a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Summit in Las Vegas
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday he is dropping out of the 2024 presidential race.
He made the shocking announcement Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership summit, as GOP candidates gathered to address that bloc of voters.
Pence said it had become increasingly clear that he could not win the Republican nomination.
“You know, we always knew this was going to be a tough fight. “But I have no regrets,” Pence assured.
He added: “The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we hadn’t tried at all.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday that he is ending his run for president in 2024
Pence said he originally launched his campaign in June because the U.S. was in “big trouble.”
However, he said now is not the time to step in and help.
“The Bible tells us that there is a season for every purpose under heaven,” Pence said at the conclusion of his speech at the Venetian Conference Center on the Vegas Strip.
“As I’ve traveled around the country over the last six months, I’ve come here to say: I’ve realized this is not my time,” the former vice president said to awestruck reactions from the crowd.
He announced, “After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to suspend my presidential candidacy effective today.”
During his remarks about his resignation, Pence received several prolonged standing ovations from thousands of Jewish Republicans who gathered in Las Vegas on Saturday to listen to the 2024 GOP candidates’ speech.
“Thanks, Mike,” one participant was heard shouting.
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was two speakers behind Pence at the RJC summit on Saturday — and she had some kind words for her now-former rival.
“A special point for Vice President Mike Pence – he was a good man of faith, he was a good man of service.” “He fought for America and he fought for Israel, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude,” said the 2024 hopeful at the beginning of her speech.
Pence was moved as he spoke to a crowd that gave him love and announced that he was resigning.
“I say to the American people: This is not my time, but it is still your time,” he said. “I urge you to hold fast to what matters most – faith, family and the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“Let me thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your vice president. It was the greatest honor of my life.’