Rep. Stefanik takes shot at Mike Pence's actions on Jan. 6

 February 10, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's next big headline will undoubtedly be about whom he chooses as a running mate, and it seems that many are already publicly auditioning for the role.

One of the top contenders whose name has been tossed out more than once is Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

According to The Hill, during a recent CNN interview, Stefanik took aim at former Vice President Mike Pence regarding his actions on Jan. 6, 2021.

"I would not have done what Mike Pence did. I don’t think that was the right approach," Stefanik said. "I specifically stand by what I said on the House floor."

The Hill noted:

Stefanik, widely seen as a top contender to be former President Trump’s vice-presidential pick in 2024, voted against certifying election results in Pennsylvania on Jan. 6 after rioters breached the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the election.

Stefanik held nothing back regarding her thoughts on what she would have done on Jan. 6.

"There was unconstitutional overreach in states like Pennsylvania, and I think it’s very important that we continue to stand up for the Constitution and have legal and secure elections, which we did not have in 2020," Stefanik said during the interview.

Not surprisingly, CNN host Kaitlan Collins debated Stefanik regarding a different election-related case out of Pennsylvania.

"It was unconstitutional when there was circumventing state legislatures, unilaterally changing election law," Stefanik said.

After the two debated different election-related cases, Collins asked Stefanik about her potential of being former President Donald Trump's vice president. Stefanik hinted that she's proud to be a surrogate for Trump and hinted that she would take the VP call if the situation arises.

"I’m happy to be one of the top surrogates for President Trump," Stefanik said. "I voted for him in 2016. I was proud to work with him on his impeachment defense team when the first witch hunt started against him.”

She added, "I would [be] proud to serve in a Trump administration, but we have a lot to do. I have a lot of responsibility as the Republican conference chair."

Only time will tell if Trump selects Stefanik for his ticket. She's clearly interested based on her remarks about Pence.