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Former Vice President Mike Pence strongly hinted on Thursday that he will soon announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

Pence told reporters in Iowa that former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley "may have more company soon" in the 2024 race.

Pence added that Haley had done a “great job” as UN Ambassador during the Trump administration.

Haley officially entered the contest for the White House on Wednesday, telling reporters "America is falling behind. Our future is slipping. Our leaders are failing us.”

She also slammed the Biden administration, saying "No one embodies that failure more than Joe Biden.”

According to Haley: “Joe Biden isn't leading from behind. He's not leading at all.”

Haley is the second Republican to join the GOP field, after former President Donald Trump launched his presidential bid last November.

Trump told Fox News on Wednesday that he was “glad” Haley was now in the running.

"I’m glad she’s running," Trump said. "I want her to follow her heart – even though she made a commitment that she would never run against who she called the greatest president of her lifetime."

"She should do what she wants to do and not be bound by the fact that she said she would never do it," he said.

Pence had previously hinted on several occasions that he intended to seek the GOP nomination. In mid-December, he told Fox News that he would announce a decision on seeking “national office” in the new year.

The 63-year-old former Vice President also said he was humbled to be frequently asked about running for president.

The most recent Reuters/Ipsos national public poll found that Pence had the support of only 7 percent of registered Republicans.

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