Matt Beckmann

“Some people campaign for the presidency to win, and some run to pursue other goals,” said Matthew Beckmann, a UC Irvine political science [associate] professor. “Giving speeches in Wyoming about energy policy feels more like the latter than the former. Running gives him [Mike Pence] a platform to boost his profile, engage key people and otherwise stay relevant in ways that are impossible when you are just ‘former vice president,’” Beckmann said.

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