Confirming a story reported by Breitbart News, former Vice President Mike Pence has made another huge announcement: he is joining the Heritage Foundation.
On February 4, Mike Pence and the Heritage Foundation each issued a press release confirming that Pence will be a distinguished visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Breitbart News originally reported on the story, confirming it with information from sources familiar with the matter.
“SCOOP: Former Vice President Mike Pence to join Heritage Foundation, sources confirm to Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. Story TK,” Breitbart tweeted.
SCOOP: Former Vice President Mike Pence to join Heritage Foundation, sources confirm to Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. Story TK
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 4, 2021
After Breitbart leaked the story, the former vice president issued a press release discussing his decision to join the conservative organization.
“The Heritage Foundation is a flagship of the conservative movement and I am profoundly honored to join them as a distinguished visiting fellow to advance conservative policies that will benefit every American. The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump Administration,” Pence wrote.
“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the all-star team at Heritage as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets and traditional values to policymakers across the Nation and to every American who cherishes our Heritage of Freedom,” he added.
Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James then confirmed the story in another press release, citing Pence’s commitment to the Constitution and conservative values.
“Over the course of the past four years, our team at Heritage has worked closely with members of the Trump administration on a host of policy accomplishments. That’s why I am excited Vice President Mike Pence will join forces with Heritage to ensure we continue to advance conservative principles and policy solutions. His allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to advancing a conservative policy agenda make him an outstanding fit for The Heritage Foundation,” James said.
“Mike Pence served with honor and excellence in his home state of Indiana as a congressman and as governor before becoming one of the most consequential vice presidents of our time. A man of faith, principle, and character, Vice President Pence is a heroic protector and defender the Constitution and the values that unite us as a nation. I am overjoyed that Heritage will continue to work alongside Vice President Pence as we have for the last 30 years. As much as we’ve accomplished in that time, especially over the last four years, there is so much more to be done. Knowing that Vice President Pence is still in the fight is an adrenaline shot for the entire conservative movement,” James added, celebrating the work the Heritage Foundation did with the Trump administration.
Pence’s Popularity – Or a Lack Thereof
Conservatives had admired Mike Pence throughout his four years as vice president, but many have lost their faith in him recently, when he chose not to challenge electoral votes from states with significant evidence of fraud and irregularities in their elections.
Republicans are now divided over their views of Pence, which may complicate his possible plans to run for president in 2024.