Pence: ‘Better choices’ for GOP presidential nomination in 2024 than Trump
1:07 AM, Jul. 8, 2013
Scott Beale, left, and Tim McGarvin
In an election with a clear choice between Donald J. Trump and Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination, Vice President Mike Pence believes the better choice for the party’s presidential nominee is John Kasich.
Pence is in the first week of a swing through California, as he promotes his latest book.
“The choice for us is Jeb Bush, because he’s a proven conservative and I know the voters in those states… you can trust that,” Pence said Thursday during an interview with KTXL-TV in Bakersfield.
Pence is promoting his new book, “Taking the Journey: Faith, Family, Leadership,” as he looks to get on his way to a re-election, where he is expected to face Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Pence said he thinks Bush, the former governor of Florida, who is the party’s governor-elect in 2014 and a major presidential choice in 2016, is the better choice.
“I’ll tell you, I’m not really in a position where I can tell you that, unless the numbers look at some point between the two,” Pence said. “I’m going to stay out of it.”
Asked if he could endorse either of the Bush-Kasich finalists, Pence said he’s not going to make a decision.
“My point is that I don’t see the candidate that I would love to run with in John Kasich,” Pence said.
Pence said he doesn’t think Bush would have the same ability to unite the party as Trump does because they disagree on many issues.
But he said if voters want change, they will have to change.
“I don’t think that the country that we had 30 years ago and the nation that we had in the ’60s and ’70s is the country we live in today,” Pence said.
Pence is promoting his new