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Pence launches political advocacy group with an eye to the Trump legacy -- and his own future

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MILNER, GA - JANUARY 04: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a visit to Rock Springs Church to campaign for GOP Senate candidates on January 4, 2021 in Milner, Georgia. Tomorrow is the final day for Georgia voters to vote for U.S. Senators Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler or Democratic Candidates John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday announced the launch of a new political advocacy group, "Advancing American Freedom," a move designed with an eye to his political future and his efforts to help shape the conversation around the Trump administration's legacy.

(CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday announced the launch of a new political advocacy group, "Advancing American Freedom," a move designed with an eye to his political future and his efforts to help shape the conversation around the Trump administration's legacy.

Pence, who is widely reported to have presidential ambitions, has largely remained below the radar since leaving office in January after the last tumultuous month of the Trump administration.

In the op-ed, Pence expressed concern about "the integrity of the 2020 election," citing "significant" and "troubling" voting irregularities.

Rather, the former vice president continued to promote the misinformation pushed by former President Donald Trump that led Trump supporters to storm the US Capitol as Pence joined the Senate to certify the election's results.

Pence is set to return to the speaking circuit with his first public appearance later this month in the early primary state of South Carolina, delivering remarks to the conservative "Palmetto Family" group at its annual gala in Columbia on April 29.

Worldwide Speakers Group announced last month that Pence was available for speech bookings, where, per the group, he "plans to address leadership; policymaking; and faith, values, and service. "

With speculation that Pence could mount a presidential bid in 2024, the question remains whether Trump will consider running again himself.

While the specter of another Trump run would freeze the 2024 Republican presidential field, Pence advisers say he could benefit.

In the meantime, the creation of Advancing American Freedom will give Pence a vehicle to stay involved in the Republican political conversation as the midterm elections approach.

It comes as top Trump aide Stephen Miller has also launched a new legal advocacy group, America First Legal, which he described in an interview with the Wall Street Journal as "a conservative answer to the ACLU. "

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