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The former vice president is planning more appearances in South Carolina and other key states following his first speech since leaving office.

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks to a crowd during an event sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council on April 29, 2021. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images

By ALEX ISENSTADT

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Former Vice President Mike Pence is setting out on a cross-country fundraising swing, as he begins to increase his public profile ahead of a potential 2024 White House bid.

Pence has spent several months out of the spotlight following a fallout with former President Donald Trump over the former vice president’s decision to certify the 2020 election results. But Pence’s uptick in activity — including stops in a key early primary state and a planned appearance at a traditional GOP cattle call — underscores how he’s beginning to lay the groundwork for a possible future run.

According to a person familiar with the plans, his schedule includes a pair of stops in Texas next week. Pence is to speak at a fundraiser hosted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and on May 7 he is slated to appear at a donor appreciation event hosted by former George W. Bush political adviser Karl Rove. The former vice president will be interviewed onstage by Republican Sen. John Cornyn, according to a copy of the schedule.

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