The big picture: He’s a daily, consistent presence on the airwaves. He provides useful info rather than random digressions. He leans on health and medical experts — both at public events and behind the scenes when he’s chairing the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Pence, 60, a likely contender for the Republican nomination in 2024, has become one of the most praised administration officials during the virus crisis:
“I actually think he’s done a reasonably good job,” popular tech author Scott Galloway, no fan of Trump, said on his Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher.
Politico media columnist Jack Shafer wrote after Pence’s first virus press conferences: He “acted less like the ‘coronavirus czar’ and more like a good old-fashioned White House press secretary. He was calm. He was direct. He was polite in face of shouted, competing questions.”