(PatriotHeadline.com)- Mike Pence wants to keep a low profile. One way he’s apparently doing that is by turning down an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, set to be held this week.
Organizers of the event are hoping the former vice president will change his mind, but those close to him don’t believe he will.
The conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, from Thursday, February 25, through Sunday, February 28. The main event at the conference will be an appearance by former President Donald Trump, which will mark his first public appearance since leaving the White House.
Trump’s speech is expected to discuss the future of the conservative movement and the Republican Party in general. He’s also expected to criticize President Joe Biden and his administration’s efforts to undo a number of Trump’s policies, including those on immigration.
The source who has knowledge of the details of Trump’s speech also told CNN that “he’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also look for the 45th President to take on President Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies.”
As for Pence, there has been ongoing speculation that he no longer wants to be associated with his former boss. The two apparently didn’t speak much, if at all, in the waning days of the Trump administration, following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, said over the weekend that the former president and vice president “departed amicably” from the White House, and the two have indeed spoken since then.
At the same time, Short also perpetuates a message that is quite different than that of Trump. He told CNN on Saturday:
“We accept Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States.”
That, of course, differs dramatically from the messaging that Trump and his supporters believe.
Other sources close to Pence say the former vice president would like to remain out of the limelight for at least the next six months. Earlier this month, he announced that he plans to join the Heritage Foundation, where he will serve as a distinguished visiting fellow.
Pence is also set to take on a role with the conservative Young America’s Foundation as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar. In that role, he’ll write an op-ed monthly, speak at various colleges and conferences, and start his own podcast.
Eventually, Pence will take a much more public role as the former vice president, but he doesn’t want that right now, the sources said.
Other prominent Republicans are expected to speak at CPAC over the four-day conference. Some of those people include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
The conference is normally held in Maryland. It was moved to Florida this year, though, so organizers could avoid coronavirus-related restrictions that are much more strict in Maryland than they are in Florida.