Mike Pence will release the first episode of his new podcast, “American Freedom,” on Friday, the latest volley in the former vice president’s effort to recapture conservative audiences ahead of a potential presidential run in 2024.
The podcast, shared first with POLITICO, promises a buffet of red meat. Though the first episode is devoted to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Pence tells listeners he plans in future episodes to discuss the “failed leadership of the Biden administration, a crisis on our Southern border, a crime wave in our cities,” efforts to “preserve our freedom” amid the coronavirus pandemic and “the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
For Pence, the podcast is part of a gradual re-emergence into Republican Party politics, where he occupies a precarious position in the post-Donald Trump landscape. Having served four years as Trump’s vice president, Pence is too close to the polarizing former president for some moderate Republicans. Yet after refusing to reject the results of the November election — something Pence had no authority to do — he has alienated vocal elements of Trump’s base.