Former Vice President Mike Pence, who announced his 2024 presidential campaign earlier this year, has warned that American troops would likely be called to fight Russia if the country defeats Ukraine and tries to expand further into Western Europe.
Pence made the comments during an appearance on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” on Wednesday, where he claimed that it was in the United States’ national interests to ensure a victory for Ukraine — directly contradicting the viewpoint of a significant amount of his desired voter base, who want the U.S. to stay out of the conflict.
While the two leading GOP presidential candidates — former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — have criticized U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it appears that Pence agrees with neocons and President Joe Biden on the issue.
“I have no doubt that if Vladimir Putin overran Ukraine, it would not be too long, Hugh, before the Russian military crossed a border where we would have to send our fighting men and women to fight against them,” Pence said, according to a transcript of his radio interview. “So, I’m a guy who believes in that old [Ronald] Reagan doctrine: If you’re willing to fight the enemies in the United States on your soil, we’ll give you the means to fight them there so our men and women in uniform don’t have to fight them. And I’m going to continue to be a voice for that in this campaign and all across this country.”
From his comments, it appears that Pence supports the staggering $77 billion in American taxpayer dollars that President Joe Biden and Congress have sent to Ukraine in the form of humanitarian, financial and military aid. This assistance has been largely criticized by conservatives, who argue that the U.S. is essentially fighting a proxy war with Russia through funding Ukraine, and question why massive amounts of American taxpayer dollars are being sent overseas rather than being used to fix serious problems affecting the American people.
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“What’s going on in Ukraine is not just warfare; it’s evil,” Pence continued. “And frankly, I really left more resolved than ever that it is in our national interest to give the Ukrainian military the support they need to fight and to repel this Russian invasion.”
Pence’s comments come after his brief visit to Ukraine last week, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and toured a mass burial site in Bucha.
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