The broadcast is set for Wednesday, June 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Pence said last month that he would make a decision on running for president “well before late June,” and with a presidential town hall lined up, the former vice president’s decision appears to be coming within the next two weeks.
Pence will field questions from the CNN anchor and a live audience made up of Iowa Republicans who plan to take part in the Iowa caucuses. The cable news network will hold a presidential town hall with GOP candidate Nikki Haley on June 4, which will also take place in Iowa and be moderated by Jake Tapper.
CNN held a town hall with former President Donald Trump on May 10 in a move that the network took heat for as Trump sparred with CNN moderator Kaitlan Collins over the 2020 election and the events of January 6.
Pence, who lost favor with Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot, will likely face many questions regarding his relationship with the former president. In an ABC interview in March, Pence said it was time for the Republican Party to move on from Trump and have a “fresh start.”
“I think the American people long for leadership at the highest level that’s focused on the issues that are affecting their lives. And also, I think they longed for leadership that will keep faith with our highest traditions,” Pence said.
Early Republican presidential polling shows Trump leading the pack with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who announced his candidacy Wednesday, coming in second. Pence currently polls around 5% in lockstep with Haley. Other declared Republican candidates polling below 5% include Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.