Former US vice president Pence formalises bid for presidency

Former United States Vice President Mike Pence has filed documents with the Federal Election Commission, formalising his bid to become president.

Pence is expected to announce his bid publicly on Wednesday.

The 63-year-old Republican is challenging his former boss Donald Trump for the party’s nomination.

Pence had been Trump’s deputy from 2017 until he left the White House following his 2020 defeat.

The relationship between the pair, however, went sour following the 2020 presidential election.

Trump supporters had stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, while Pence was presiding over the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory.

He also allegedly incited his supporters to make threats against Pence.

Pence later called Trump’s remarks and his behaviour dangerous.

However, Pence later rejected impeaching Trump for his role in the storming of the Capitol, saying that it would be too divisive.

He also defended Trump against charges of paying hush money to a porn star.

The US presidential election is in November 2024.