The head of the Republican National Committee said Saturday that Mike Pence’s condition is improving.
“Mike is very much alive and he’s getting better,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said during a televised news conference.
“We’re very grateful that he is alive.”
The vice president is listed in critical condition at University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
He’s undergoing tests and has undergone extensive physical therapy, Priebus said.
“We are all deeply grateful that Mike is still here and fighting and fighting,” Priebus said of the vice president, who has been in critical care since he was injured while on a campaign swing in Virginia in July.
“He is a hero.
He’s a fighter,” Priebus added.
He added, “He’s a patriot and he is a fighter.”
The RNC has said that Pence is suffering from a rare form of pneumonia and he has been placed in isolation.
Trump has repeatedly called on Pence to withdraw from the presidential race.
He has repeatedly insisted that the vice presidential race is rigged against him.
Priebus said Pence will continue to be the nominee.
“The people of our party are united behind him,” Priebus told reporters.
“He will continue the fight.”
Trump and Pence have sparred over his temperament and whether he is able to lead the Republican Party.
The vice presidential candidate was in Florida for the Republican Governors Association’s annual convention and he did not return calls Saturday.
Pence, a former Republican congressman from Indiana, announced in September that he was running for the White House in 2020.
He is the first vice presidential nominee to step down from his position since George H.W. Bush in 1988.