It has already been established that former Vice President Mike Pence, thanks to lackluster fundraising, may not qualify for the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate next month.
Pundits are saying that whatever air was left in Pence's campaign was sucked out in about 60 seconds on Friday during a candidate forum hosted by Tucker Carlson at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa:
Data released on Friday by the Pence campaign show he has raised just $1.2 million in the three weeks since launching his White House bid.
Combined with the roughly $2.6 million reportedly raised by Committed to America, a super PAC aligned with the former vice president, Pence’s second quarter totals amount to just $3.8 million, far less than his top opponents.
"It would be quite an embarrassment, I think, for a former vice president to be unable to draw enough support to take part in a central part of the primary process," Red State's Becca Lower noted on Saturday.
Some of the other highlights (or lowlights) from Friday's summit:
Tucker grills Tim Scott on Ukraine conflict: "Why not force a peace? They are a client state of the United States. Without American backing, there's kind of no Ukraine. We're literally paying the salaries of their bureaucrats." pic.twitter.com/HbuwQztK9j— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 14, 2023
Tucker Carlson: who blew up the Nord Stream pipelineNikki Haley: idk but let's talk about cocaine in the White House pic.twitter.com/omkIRjzVjB — Liam McCollum (@MLiamMcCollum) July 14, 2023
Math isn't racist. But you know what might be? Not teaching black kids how to do math. pic.twitter.com/GXCI2d6ymG— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) July 15, 2023
Tucker to Asa Hutchinson: "You have repeatedly described delaying a child's natural progression as treatment. You believe, I suppose, that people can change their sex. Because if you don't believe that, you wouldn't call it treatment. Would you?" #BlazeMediaSummit pic.twitter.com/6XUJYa9K0C— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 14, 2023