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Former Vice President Mike Pence teased a possible presidential race in 2024 during a speech Tuesday at the University of Virginia.
Pence was the keynote speaker at a Young Americans Foundation (YAF) event at the university on Tuesday. Pence spoke for nearly an hour, tearing at President Biden’s administration for pandering to “wokism” and answering students’ questions.
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“I was just wondering if you were planning on running for president in 2024,” one student asked.
“I’ll let you know,” Pence replied.
Pence also referred to the recent outcry over transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who won the NCAA Women’s Championship in the 500-yard freestyle sprint in March, despite being biologically male.
It was a UVA swimmer, Emma Weyant, who came second behind Thomas.
“Emma Weyant won this race,” Pence told a student who asked about the event before mocking Biden.
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“I know that in his State of the Union address, President Biden promised to uphold the divine right of men to compete in women’s sports,” Pence said. “But common sense must and will reign. And we must uphold the integrity of women’s sport in America for the benefit of women everywhere.”
Pence was also asked how he would react if one of his children came out as gay. The audience applauded the question and Pence replied, “I would look them in the eye and say ‘I love you’.”
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He went on to point out that the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage has caused friction between the gay community and the First Amendment rights of American religious people.
Pence also spoke about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, praising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his leadership and encouraging students to support humanitarian relief efforts for Ukrainians.
Pence also called on Congress and the Biden administration to increase military aid to Ukraine and toughen sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.