WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Mike Pence delivered his first public address since leaving office at the Palmetto Family Council Annual Gala in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday.

The event marked his re-entry into the public square in a critical presidential nominating state and in front of a gathering of evangelical voters he has long counted as part of his political base.

The address provided Pence an opportunity to highlight what conservatives see as the best of the previous administration’s record and position himself for the beginning of a potential presidential campaign in 2024.

In his remarks, Pence criticized President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office as drastically different from what he campaigned on in 2020, a line of attack echoing complaints from other Republicans in recent days.

“After 100 days of open borders, runaway spending, plans for higher taxes, a bigger welfare state, more government, defunding…

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