Election 2022 Georgia Governor
FILE - Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a fundraiser for Carolina Pregnancy Center on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Spartanburg, S.C. Pence will campaign with Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp the day before this month's GOP primary in his most significant political beak with former President Donald Trump to date. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)
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Pence to rally with Kemp in Georgia in break with Trump

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By JILL COLVIN

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will campaign with Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov Brian Kemp the day before this month's GOP primary in his most significant political break with former President Donald Trump to date.

Kemp's campaign announced Friday morning that Pence will headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Kemp on Monday, May 23, the day before the vote. That puts Pence in direct conflict with Trump-endorsed candidate David Perdue, who has been trailing in the polls. Kemp is one of Trump's top targets this election cycle because of his refusal to cooperate with Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family and the people of Georgia,” Pence said in a statement. "I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia!”

The news comes as Pence has taken steps to distance himself from Trump as the former congressman and Indiana governor considers a 2024 presidential run that could put him into direct competition with his former boss.

That has included calling out Trump by name. In February, Pence said Trump was “wrong” to insist that Pence had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election — a power vice presidents do not possess. In a separate speech before top Republican donors, Pence urged the GOP to move on from Trump’s election grievances and said there was "no room in this party for apologists” for Vladimir Putin after Trump praised the Russian leader’s maneuvering as “genius” before his brutal invasion of Ukraine.

“Elections are about the future,” Pence said in March. “My fellow Republicans, we can only win if we are united around an optimistic vision for the future based on our highest values. We cannot win by fighting yesterday’s battles, or by relitigating the past.”

In an interview with radio host John Fredericks on the conservative Real America’s Voice, Trump declined to unleash on Pence when asked about his decision to campaign with Kemp.

“Well, Mike is trying to get involved and he’s a very nice man," he said. “But he really let us all down."

The former president, meanwhile, continued to pan a trio of current and former Republican governors, including New Jersey's Chris Christie, whom he had previously labeled “RINOs” — or “Republicans in Name Only” — for supporting Kemp.

“We have to fight these people,” Trump said Friday.

Earlier this week, Trump had said their support “tells you all you need to know about what you are getting in Georgia — just a continuation of bad elections and a real RINO if you vote for Brian Kemp.”

“Maybe the 'R' in RINO really stands for reelected,” Christie quipped back.

The Georgia race is a gamble for Trump, who notched a major victory in Ohio earlier this month when JD Vance, the candidate he endorsed, came from behind to win a competitive GOP Senate primary. But last week, his pick for governor in Nebraska, Charles Herbster, lost his primary amid groping allegations. And Trump faces further challenges ahead, including in Pennsylvania next week, where his pick for Senate, celebrity heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, is locked in a tight, three-way race.

Kemp had been substantially ahead of Perdue in polls in March and April, and many expect Kemp will be able to prevail without a June runoff, which would be triggered if no candidate won a majority of the vote.

Still, Trump voiced optimism for his candidate Friday, saying he'd been “hearing good things" about Perdue's standing. Perdue's campaign has argued this week that record turnout during Georgia's early-voting period, especially among Republicans who haven't traditionally voted in primaries, is good for their candidate. They claim pollsters have missed Perdue's support, although there's no way to know whom primary voters are selecting.

Perdue, a former senator, has also been lagging in fundraising and had about $900,000 cash on hand on April 30, less than a month before the May 24 primary, while Kemp had $10.7 million.

Trump's political action committee last month gave $500,000 to a group running attack ads against Kemp — his first major spending in any race this cycle, despite entering the year with more than $120 million in cash. Trump rallied for Perdue and his other favored candidates in Georgia in March, but hasn't scheduled a return.

But the Republican Governors Association has spent millions to support Kemp, exacerbating Perdue's financial disadvantage. Christie, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Arizona Gov Doug Ducey are all supposed to stump for Kemp in the closing days as part of that push.

In-state Republicans are also rallying to Kemp. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, whose relationship to Kemp was rocky in the first 18 months of Kemp’s term, said Thursday that “Gov. Kemp is my governor, and I'm going to support him,” on Thursday after the governor signed the upcoming state budget in Ralston’s hometown. Ralston said Kemp has “taken a lot of unfair hits."

The winner will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, who has raised more than $20 million so far and had $8 million in cash on April 30.

Associated Press writer Jeff Amy contributed from Atlanta.

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I won't be voting for Brian Kemp this fall and seriously doubt any GOP running will get my vote. They've proven the last few years they cannot be trusted. Period.

I'm not saying that I like any of the democrats, but at least they didn't change voting laws over hype that voter fraud is an issue in Georgia - it isn't. Less than 100 ballots were found to be fraudulent and no election results would have changed. Some of the "fraud" was by people who recently moved pre-election, but voted in their old precinct.

https://www.businessinsider.com/pro-trump-oan-admits-no-election-fraud-georgia-2020-2022-5

Actually, the largest attempted fraud in Georgia was by the ex-Prez and that failed. It is going to a Grand Jury soon: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/02/us/trump-election-georgia-grand-jury.html These are criminal charges.

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Thank you for voting, theFu! Please encourage everyone you know to do so as well. Democracies work best when everyone participates.

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Just look at the comments from the Trump supporters from 2016 to Jan 5th 2021.....

"Mike Pence is a hero"....."He's the best VP ever"....."A freedom loving patriot"...."A true MAGA warrior"....

Then he stands up to the attempted coup on Jan 6th and suddenly goes from hero to scum....

The great MAGA-RINO war within the Repub party continues....and will sink its chances in both 2022 and 2024....

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and will sink its chances in both 2022 and 2024....

No, it won’t.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/28/politics/democrats-losing-seats-midterms-polling/index.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/karl-rove-how-badly-will-the-democrats-lose-approval-rating-biden-senate-house-races-midterm-2022-election-inflation-build-back-better-student-debt-11651091790

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It is easy to see who had the brains in the partnership during the Trump/Pence term in office. One defends democracy while the other attempted to destroy it.

My American friend always said that Pence was not much better than Trump but at least he understands democracy and how important it is.

Can not criticize Trump enough, the guy is bottom of the barrel scum. McCain was the last honorable republican. Lets hope they manage to uncover some other honorable members in the GOP before it is too late.

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It is easy to see who had the brains in the partnership during the Trump/Pence term in office. One defends democracy while the other attempted to destroy it.

Depends on your point of view and with each day the more we are learning, we are indeed finding out that one party was trying to uphold democracy and the other tried to destroy it.

My American friend always said that Pence was not much better than Trump but at least he understands democracy and how important it is.

Both men understand Democracy, in actuality THEY weren’t really the problem

Can not criticize Trump enough, the guy is bottom of the barrel scum. McCain was the last honorable republican.

I disagree, there are many good Republicans. McCain as a politician was not. McCain policy was and how he voted was more aligned with the Democrats and for the life of me I could never understand why he just didn’t cross over I would have respected him more. But he wasn’t liked as much as a politician and that is one reason why so many Republicans didn’t support his presidential run.

Lets hope they manage to uncover some other honorable members in the GOP before it is too late.

They have quite a few, but they’re not the RINO Washington corporate establishment leeches they are of today.

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It is easy to see who had the brains in the partnership during the Trump/Pence term in office. One defends democracy while the other attempted to destroy it.

Depends on your point of view....

Indeed - whether you support free and fair elections or attempt a coup using "fraudulent electors and fake certification lists"...

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/25/politics/fake-trump-electoral-certificates-justice-department/index.html

My American friend always said that Pence was not much better than Trump but at least he understands democracy and how important it is.

Both men understand Democracy, in actuality THEY weren’t really the problem

Well, one clearly wasn't - the other was considering a rebellion by declaring martial law and have the military confiscate voting machines...

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/23/1075219215/jan-6-panel-is-investigating-a-trump-administration-plan-to-seize-voting-machine

Can not criticize Trump enough, the guy is bottom of the barrel scum. McCain was the last honorable republican.

I disagree, there are many good Republicans. McCain as a politician was not.

He was a REAL hero, and someone devoted to his country who sacrificed almost six years in a POW camp. His correcting of a woman saying Obama was Muslim showed more integrity and courage than the entire GOP has in 2022...

Lets hope they manage to uncover some other honorable members in the GOP before it is too late.

They have quite a few, but they’re not the RINO Washington corporate establishment leeches they are of today.

Yea, they're anti-Semites like MTG or child sex traffickers like Matt Gaetz...

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Indeed - whether you support free and fair elections or attempt a coup using "fraudulent electors and fake certification lists"...

The way Dems tried to undermine the 2016 election with the help of our intel agencies….

https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/12/17/how-democrats-attempted-a-2016-electoral-college-coup

Well, one clearly wasn't - the other was considering a rebellion

Ok, that’s how you see it, half of the country sees it coming from the left.

https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2020/11/judge-orders-philadelphia-counting-center-to-allow-republican-observers/

He was a REAL hero, and someone devoted to his country who sacrificed almost six years in a POW camp.

We know, I was talking about his political record. Don’t conflate the two.

https://www.gq.com/story/john-mccain-is-the-perfect-american-lie

Yea, they're anti-Semites like MTG

I think you meant Ilhan Omar

or child sex traffickers like Matt Gaetz...

Debunked.

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Indeed - whether you support free and fair elections or attempt a coup using "fraudulent electors and fake certification lists"...

The way Dems tried to undermine the 2016 election with the help of our intel agencies….

One more dodge on explaining the fraudulent electors and fake lists...

Well, one clearly wasn't - the other was considering a rebellion

Ok, that’s how you see it, half of the country sees it coming from the left.

Half? Clearly false....

*When Quinnipiac conducted a second poll six months after the election, the number of respondents who believed the election to be legitimate increased to nearly two-thirds. *Respondents who said the contest was illegitimate dropped to 29%.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/feb/02/viral-image/no-most-americans-dont-believe-2020-election-was-f/

He was a REAL hero, and someone devoted to his country who sacrificed almost six years in a POW camp.

We know, I was talking about his political record. Don’t conflate the two.

Your disparaged a legitimate hero - consistent with MAGA-world's hate for our military...remember who called them "suckers and losers"...

Yea, they're anti-Semites like MTG

I think you meant Ilhan Omar

Nope, wanna explain this?

https://www.vox.com/22256258/marjorie-taylor-greene-jewish-space-laser-anti-semitism-conspiracy-theories

or child sex traffickers like Matt Gaetz...

Debunked.

Hmmmm.....

https://www.thedailybeast.com/witness-can-confirm-matt-gaetz-was-told-he-had-sex-with-a-minor

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One more dodge on explaining the fraudulent electors and fake lists...

The same with the left dodging the question of not allowing Republican observers to watch the counting process.

Half? Clearly false....

No…

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/10/11/new-poll-most-say-2020-election-was-totally-loaded-with-fraud-n2597279

Your disparaged a legitimate hero

The way you guys did with Flynn and Petraeus?

Anyway, I was talking about his political record as a politician.

Nope, wanna explain this?

https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/19/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-global-warming-nazis/

Hmmmm.....

https://www.conservativeworldnews.com/matt-gaetz-was-right-extortionist-pleads-guilty-in-federal-court/

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Pence deserves to be thrown in the gutter for trusting Trump. He did it to himself, just like all the rest.

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Pence deserves to be thrown in the gutter for trusting Trump.

No, it’s not his fault that Pence is another boring Washington establishment fixture. The best thing Trump could have down was throwing him under the bus.

He did it to himself

He sure did

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Mike Pence did the VP job, which is to support the President. Not much leeway with that job. In public, he needed to back his boss and in private, provide insights which we all know were ignored.

I suppose Pence may have gotten Trump to find religion ... or he found it only because those ultra right voters won't vote for a Republican in the primaries who doesn't mimic their crazy beliefs.

My issue isn't with Pence as a man. As a private citizen, I bet he's a good neighbor. It is with him as a leader and representative. His fundamental religious believes scare me like the Crusades and Inquisition. His views represent less than 30% of Americans. But at least he knows how the USGovt is supposed to work, unlike his former boss.

If he runs for President, he will lose. 30% isn't enough to be competitive.

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One more dodge on explaining the fraudulent electors and fake lists...

The same with the left dodging the question of not allowing Republican observers to watch the counting process.

And another duck...they just can't explain it...because they'd have to admit it was clear evidence of a coup...

Half? Clearly false....

No…

Oh yea....

https://nypost.com/2022/02/16/half-of-gop-voters-want-to-move-on-from-trump-voting-fraud-claims-poll/

Your disparaged a legitimate hero

The way you guys did with Flynn and Petraeus?

Thanks for admitting it....

Nope, wanna explain this?

Another dodge....once more, explain this....

In her post, Marjory Taylor Greene laid out a conspiracy theory claiming that the 2018 California wildfires were possibly caused by "lasers or blue beams of light." She also claimed the wildfires would benefit an international banking firm with a Jewish family name.

https://www.newsweek.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-claims-jewish-space-lasers-conspiracy-theory-was-fake-news-1574928

Hmmmm.....

Indeed....

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/matt-gaetz-ex-girlfriend-grand-jury-sex-trafficking-charges/

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Pence deserves to be thrown in the gutter for trusting Trump.

No, it’s not his fault that Pence is another boring Washington establishment fixture. The best thing Trump could have down was throwing him under the bus.

Go thru this posters archive for four years from 2016 to 2020 and you'll find nothing but effusive praise for Pence...."a true MAGA warrior"...."no better VP".... Pence finds his conscience and refuses to be part of Trump's coup....and AFTER that he's called "another boring Washington establishment fixture"....

It's an open admission of hypocrisy in black and white...

He did it to himself

He sure did

You sure did...

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And another duck...

Not at all.

https://nypost.com/2022/02/16/half-of-gop-voters-want-to-move-on-from-trump-voting-fraud-claims-poll/

Hmmm...

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-judge-says-dc-jail-violated-civil-rights-jan-6-defendant-2021-10-13/

Another dodge....

Same to you.

https://www.newsweek.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-claims-jewish-space-lasers-conspiracy-theory-was-fake-news-1574928

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9992727/Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortezs-biggest-hypocrisies-controversies-allegations-fledgling-career.html

Indeed....

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/nyt-painted-matt-gaetz-as-a-child?s=r

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Go thru this posters archive for four years from 2016 to 2020 and you'll find nothing but effusive praise for Pence....

Not now and never for President.

Pence finds his conscience and refuses to be part of Trump's coup....and AFTER that he's called "another boring Washington establishment fixture"....

Good for Pence and his conscious won't help his presidency

You sure did...

Not me, but Pence did. Hope he enjoys the limelight.

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And another duck...

Not at all.

Really? Fraudulent electors and phony certification lists....explain it...

https://nypost.com/2022/02/16/half-of-gop-voters-want-to-move-on-from-trump-voting-fraud-claims-poll/

Hmmm...

Dodge #3...a clear majority of Americans believe no fraud in 2020...proving you wrong when you said "half"...

Another dodge....

Same to you.

Taps out....

https://www.newsweek.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-claims-jewish-space-lasers-conspiracy-theory-was-fake-news-1574928

And another dodge....can't explain MTG clearly anti-Semitic conspiracy theory...wonder why?

Indeed....

And defends someone under criminal investigation for child sex trafficking....welcome to today's Repub Party....

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Go thru this posters archive for four years from 2016 to 2020 and you'll find nothing but effusive praise for Pence....

Not now and never for President.

Of course not - he was VP - and you said he was the "best VP ever"....for four years....it's all in your archive....

*Pence finds his conscience and refuses to be part of Trump's coup....and AFTER that he's called "another boring Washington establishment fixture"....*

Good for Pence and his conscious won't help his presidency

So what if its Biden vs Pence in 2024 - who do you vote for?

You sure did...

Not me,

Your archive says otherwise...unless you going to do a "MTG" and deny what you said in black and white...LOL...

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and you said he was the "best VP ever"

At the time.

So what if its Biden vs Pence in 2024

It's either Trump or DeSantis. either man would be great.

Your archive says otherwise...unless you going to do a "MTG"

Why? Doubt it.

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