Pence says he was ‘surprised’ GOP didn’t win more midterm seats

  • Mike Pence said he was “surprised” Republicans didn’t win more midterm seats in 2022.
  • While appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pence said citizens want the GOP to focus on the future.
  • Pence, who released his memoir last week, continues to ponder a 2024 presidential campaign.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” that Republicans did not win more seats in November’s midterm elections. , but said he had confidence in the abilities of the new House GOP. leadership.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pence told host Margaret Brennan that while he wanted to see larger Republican margins in Congress, a “victory is a victory.”

“I was surprised. I was disappointed with the outcome of the election in that regard, even though I was there the last time we beat the majority of Nancy Pelosi and I look forward to the day Kevin McCarthy will be elected president of the United States House and leads the Republican majority,” he said. “A win is a win, but I would have liked to see more Republicans elected to Congress. I would have liked to see a Republican majority in the Senate.”

Heading into the election, Republicans were heavily favored by many political observers not only to flip many House seats held by Democrats en route to a majority, but in the final weeks of the election cycle, the GOP also lobbied for control of the Senate. .

However, Democrats retained the Senate, winning key contests in Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, while also leading the Georgia Senate race – which will head to a runoff election on December 6 after that incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock won slightly less. more than 50% of the vote against Republican Herschel Walker.

And Republicans only recently took control of the House; with almost every race called, the GOP currently has a 219-211 advantage.

Pence – who served in the House from 2001 to 2013 before leaving to become governor of Indiana – said citizens want to see Republicans focus on the future once they regain control of the lower house next year.

“I have every confidence that the new Republican leadership in Congress, the new Republican majority when Nancy Pelosi hands the gavel to Kevin McCarthy, will learn the lessons of the midterm campaign that to me prove that the American people want the Republican Party and, frankly, all of our leaders are focused on the future,” he said, pointing to issues such as the economy and immigration. “I think what you’re going to see is it’s the Republican leadership and Congress that are going to focus on these issues. And I think that’s where people want us to focus.”

The former vice president continues to ponder a possible 2024 presidential campaign, which, if he enters the race, would pit him against his former boss, former President Donald Trump, who has officially launched his campaign for the presidential election. GOP nomination last week.

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