Pence To Prez: Times Story All The News Unfit To Print

Vice President Mike Pence seems to have a plan for how to survive the Trump administration with his political future intact: Walk softly, and carry a big sign that says, “I’m loyal to you, Mr. President.”

Yesterday, that sign took the form of an official White House statement from Pence blasting a New York Times article suggesting he is positioning himself for a 2020 presidential bid should Trump not seek re-election.

“Today’s article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team,” Pence said in the statement. “The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this Administration.”

Pence did not specify what part of the story — which detailed his fundraising, GOP outreach efforts and selection of political operatives over government veterans as his top aides — he is alleging is false.

The Times piece noted that despite Pence’s quiet political maneuvering, he’s gone out of his way not to appear out of step with Trump in any way, let alone publicly criticize him. That’s because even if he doesn’t believe in everything Trump stands for, he needs the votes of those who do.

“Trump voters are a plurality of the Republican Party,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said. “If they see him as potentially trying to force out Donald Trump, they are not going to support him. You can’t win the Republican nomination, let alone the election, without them. Pence is not an idiot.”

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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