The vice president called a New York Times article “the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration.”
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Vice President Pence is pushing back against The New York Times’ suggestion that he’s among Republicans running a “shadow campaign for 2020,” calling the story “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.”
“The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration,” he wrote in a statement Sunday. “Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the President’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
The story says Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke he’s “acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field” for 2020. It also highlights trips to Iowa by GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska and a possible return trip to New Hampshire by former presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has not ruled out another presidential bid. It says “would-be candidates” are cultivating prominent donors and courting prominent conservative interest groups.
The report says the “sheer disarray” surrounding Trump’s presidency has prompted Republican officeholders “to take political steps unheard-of so soon into a new administration.”
“Mr. Pence is methodically…
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