Vice President Mike Pence’s election campaign is in jeopardy with reports of waning enthusiasm, staff cuts, and a lack of resources. With Republican leadership already in danger of a Democratic takeover in November, the Vice President is running into major issues as his reelection efforts stumble forward.
Word first surfaced of financial troubles in the Pence 2020 camp, which was quickly followed by reports of reduced staff. Money problems persist as campaign treasurer Larry Downes told Associated Press, “due to the deteriorating financial environment, we’ve had to make difficult decisions, including reducing our staff.” Despite more donations coming in recently, the GOP’s strong economy was suppose to make contributions easy to come by and Pence’s cash reserves look far from sufficient to support a successful reelection effort.
The Vice President’s lack of enthusiasm is also of concern; he follows in the footsteps of Trump, who puts the crowd into a frenzy at campaign rallies. Instead, the VP seems detached at recent appearances, which has caused grassroots support to wither away. From Washington to Ohio, Vice President Pence has seemed distant and distant, giving speeches instead of captivating the audience.
Despite the money problems, cuts, and lack of enthusiasm, Pence insists he has enough to run a successful campaign. “We are confident we have the resources we need at our disposal to communicate our message and achieve victory in November,” Pence said.
Clearly, the Vice President and Republican leadership are in a pickle. With their current state, it is unsure if Pence will make it to a second term. Democrats remain alert as the November elections approach as the GOP’s campaign continues to disappoint.