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Gianforte hosts Mike Pence in a private event at the state Capitol

Nick Mott
Montana Public Radio

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte hosted former Vice President Mike Pence at the state Capitol last week for a private event.

The meeting was publicized on Twitter by both Gianforte and Pence, but prior notice was not given to the public.

The governor’s spokesperson Brooke Stroyke said in an email that Gianforte invited the vice president and that he and Pence have been friends for six years. She said the visit did not relate to official state business.

Pence received a tour of the state Capitol in Helena and later spoke to the governor’s staff and cabinet members.

When asked whether the two Republicans discussed the possibility of a 2024 presidential run, Stroyke responded the governor is focused on 2022 state policy goals, and growing the Republican majority in the State Legislature. She also said Gianforte is working on sending Republicans Matt Rosendale and Ryan Zinke, both of whom face primary opponents, to Congress.

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Shaylee is a UM Journalism School student. She reports and helps produce Montana Evening News on MTPR.