In a potentially strategic move, former Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to appear on Fox News with Sean Hannity, right as former President Donald Trump’s live town hall on CNN wraps up on Wednesday night. Pence, who is considered a potential rival for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted that he is looking forward to the live interview at 9:25 PM ET.
Journalist David Drucker reported that Pence’s team deliberately scheduled the Hannity appearance to coincide with Trump’s CNN event. Trump’s 90-minute town hall, moderated by Kaitlan Collins, will take place in New Hampshire and feature questions from Republicans and undeclared voters from the state. In a video posted on TruthSocial, Trump explained that he agreed to the event because CNN was “desperate to get those Trump ratings back.”
Pence currently ranks third in polling for the Republican presidential nomination, with a Real Clear Politics average of 5.4 percent, trailing behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 23 percent and Trump at 52 percent. Neither Pence nor DeSantis has officially declared their candidacy, but both are widely expected to run.
The relationship between Trump and Pence soured following the 2020 election, as Trump wanted Pence to refrain from certifying the Electoral College vote, allowing state legislatures more time to review allegations of fraud. Pence, however, concluded that he was constitutionally required to certify the vote in his role as president of the Senate, leading to the pair going their separate ways.