Pence Triggers Alarm in GOP

Mike Pence

( – Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, has raised the alarm among conservatives by appearing to state he wasn’t concerned about the United States and ailing American cities and that the war in Ukraine is more important.

Pence’s controversial comments came in response to a question by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson who asked why the former vice president seemed to be more worried about Ukraine, the victim of aggression by Putin’s Russian, than about deteriorating cities in the United States.

Pence was one of the six GOP presidential nomination candidates interviewed by Tucker Carlson at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. Former President Donald Trump wasn’t among them.

“You are distressed the Ukrainians don’t have enough American tanks. Every city in the United States has become much worse over the past three years. Drive around. There is not one city that has gotten better in the United States. And it’s visible,” Carlson said.

“And yet your concern is that the Ukrainians, a country that most people can’t find on a map, who have received tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars, don’t have enough tanks, I think it’s fair to ask, where’s the concern for the United States in that?” he asked Pence.

“Well, it’s not my concern. Tucker, I’ve heard that routine from you before, but it’s not my concern,” the former vice president replied, followed by applause.

The shorter video of their exchange ended at this point. Pence’s Twitter account called it “FAKE NEWS” and shared a more extended clip showing his full answer.

“I’m running for President of the United States because I think this country is in a lot of trouble. I think Joe Biden has weakened America at home and abroad… Anybody that says we can’t be the leader of the Free World and solve our problems at home has a pretty small view of the greatest nation on Earth,” Pence said in his complete response.