Former Vice President Mike Pence is signaling that he is trying to prove he can unite the warring factions of the GOP as a traditional Republican who understands the Make America Great Again philosophy of Donald Trump.
The Washington Post reported that Pence’s appearance before the Republican Study Committee, or RSC, on Tuesday to discuss how to win back the House majority is an indication he’s trying to chart his path forward.
The Post noted those attending the RSC meeting included both sides of the Republican Party schism that Pence is attempting to merge.
“It's the kind of merging of the [Make America Great Again] agenda with traditional conservative values,” a source close to Pence told the Post.
“He'll tout the accomplishments of the last four years but also look forward to what a merger [between the GOP factions] might look like. We don't have a lot of good surrogates from the administration out there right now so he'll pick up the mantle.”
Meanwhile, a senior GOP House aide said: "Much of his future and where he goes will be determined by how Trump reacts to him. Institutionally, Pence is held in very high regard across the board. … But if the Trump crowd doesn't like him and thinks he's a traitor, it matters a ton for whatever he wants to do."
It was announced on Feb. 4 that Pence was joining The Heritage Foundation, where he will be a distinguished visiting fellow.
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