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Pence’s Unwavering Stand on Jan. 6 Garners Support from GOP Rivals
In a surprising turn of events, the GOP presidential candidates have united to defend former Vice President Mike Pence’s actions on January 6th, marking a rare show of unity within the party.
*As they gathered for a heated debate, the candidates faced a crucial question: Did Mike Pence do the right thing on that fateful day? Let’s dive into the intriguing responses and insights from the contenders.
Senator Tim Scott Sets the Tone
The stage was set, and Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina was the first to chime in, leaving no room for ambiguity. “Absolutely,” he exclaimed when asked about Pence’s actions. His swift and unequivocal support for Pence laid the foundation for what was to come.
Christie, Haley, and Burgum Echo the Sentiment
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum quickly followed suit, all echoing Senator Scott’s sentiments. It was a surprising show of unity, considering the often divided landscape of the GOP.
DeSantis Treads Lightly
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, however, seemed to tread lightly around the question initially. “It’s not about Jan. 6, 2021, it’s about Jan. 20, 2025, when the president is going to take office,” DeSantis remarked cryptically. But, he later clarified his stance, stating, “Mike did his duty. I got no beef with him.”
Christie Interrupts to Make a Stand
Governor Chris Christie couldn’t contain his support for Pence, interrupting the debate moderators to emphasize his point. “Mike Pence stood for the Constitution,” he declared passionately. “He deserves not grudging credit, he deserves our thanks as Americans for putting his oath of office and the Constitution of the United States before personal, political, and unfair pressure.”
Christie went on to assert that the GOP needs to resolve a critical internal struggle before moving forward. “The argument we need to have in this party before we can move onto the issues that Ron talked about is we have to dispense with the person who said we need to suspend the Constitution to put forward his political career,” he stated emphatically.
Pence’s Defense of Principle
Mike Pence has consistently defended his actions on January 6th. He has publicly stated that former President Donald Trump “had no right to overturn the election” on that day. Pence remained steadfast in refusing Trump’s pressure to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory when presiding over the certification of the election results.
In Pence’s own words, “I made it clear and hoped that the issues surrounding the 2020 election and the controversies around Jan. 6 would not come to this, come to criminal proceedings. The American people deserve to know that the president asked me in his request that I reject or return votes. He asked me to put him over the Constitution, and I chose the Constitution.”
A Rare Unity in the GOP
The resounding support for Mike Pence’s actions on January 6th, despite the diverse backgrounds and stances of these GOP contenders, is a remarkable moment of unity within the party. It remains to be seen how this unity will influence the upcoming presidential race, but for now, it’s a clear indication that, at least on this issue, they stand shoulder to shoulder.