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Republican Candidates Again Mike Pence’s Actions On Jan. 6 In Debate

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Not one of the Republicans working for president in opposition to former President Donald Trump mentioned they disagreed with how Mike Pence did his job on Jan. 6, 2021.

On that day, then-Vice President Pence presided over the U.S. Senate and refused to associate with Trump’s scheme to upend the certification of the 2020 election, at the same time as a rioting mob interrupted the proceedings.

Debate moderator Martha MacCallum first requested Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) if Pence did the best factor.

“Completely, he did the best factor,” Scott mentioned, to applause from the gang, earlier than including that folks lack confidence within the Justice Division, an indirect reference to the legal indictments in opposition to Trump.

MacCallum then put the query to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who refused to reply it by saying Republicans ought to “look ahead” as a substitute of speaking in regards to the previous.

“I’ve answered this earlier than,” DeSantis mentioned, exasperated. “Mike did his responsibility. I’ve acquired no beef with him. However right here’s the factor, is that this what we’re going to be targeted on?”

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, additionally mentioned she thought Pence did the best factor.

Notably, Vivek Ramaswamy, probably the most pro-Trump of all of the candidates onstage ― who had mentioned, moments earlier, that Trump was the “greatest president of the twenty first century” ― determined to not chime in with any phrases in opposition to Pence, whom Trump has closely criticized for not serving to him overthrow the 2020 election.

Chris Christie, the previous governor of New Jersey and onetime Trump adviser, then provided prolonged reward for the previous vp.

“The argument we have to have on this occasion earlier than we will transfer on to the problems that Ron talked about, is we’ve to dispense with the one who mentioned we have to droop the Structure to place ahead his political profession,” Christie continued. “Mike Pence mentioned no, and he deserves credit score.”

Regardless of the seeming consensus that Pence had performed the best factor, solely Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declined to boost their arms when moderators requested if they’d nonetheless assist Trump because the Republican presidential nominee if he’s convicted of crimes.

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