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MANCHESTER, NH – Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said any decision he makes on whether to run for the White House in the next election cycle of 2024 will hinge on his belief that “now is the time” when he can best “serve America”. ”
And Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who served as CIA director and later as America’s top diplomat under former President Donald Trump’s administration, inferred Thursday in a Fox News interview in the first Presidential New Hampshire state that his decision will not depend on whether his former boss or anyone else decides to run in the next race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Hours before Pompeo was to headline the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan fundraising dinner, Trump said in an interview with the Washington Post that if he launches a bid in 2024 to try to return to the White House, Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are unlikely to run as well.
“If I ran, I can’t imagine they would want to run. Some out of loyalty would have had a hard time running,” said Trump, who since leaving the White House more than 14 years ago months, flirted several times with another presidential. offer.
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Asked about those comments and whether his own decision would be affected by what Trump decides, Pompeo told Fox News, “The Pompeos have always used the simple belief that this is the time when you think you can best serve America. , that’s where you can have the most impact. That’s how we’ll make our decision in the end.”
“It’s the right way to think about someone who comes forward to the people of the United States to run for office, whether it’s for president or in their home state of Kansas,” he said. He underlines. “All of these things are basically based on your belief that you’re the right person to sit in that place. And if you believe that, you have an obligation to go do it.”
Pompeo has been busy over the past year, criss-crossing the country to help raise funds and support fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections.
“We’re going to keep going until Election Day in November of this year. I’m confident it will be a good result. The American people desperately need it,” he said.
“I feel really good about how the elections are going to go in November,” he predicted. “I think the American people can see the country is going in the wrong direction. Gas prices are in the room. There’s nothing on the grocery store shelves. This is unheard of in the United States. And I can see that the Americans are going to go to the polls and elect something that is radically different from what they see in the United States Congress and Senate today, and frankly in the races of the school boards and district attorneys and in county election offices across America.”
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Pompeo’s travels have already taken him four times in the past year to Iowa, the state whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the calendar for presidential nominations. His Thursday stop in New Hampshire — which votes second on the schedule after Iowa — was his third in the past year. And he’s made visits to South Carolina and Nevada, which hold the third and fourth contests on the GOP calendar.
Those visits and the friends he is making now could pay off next year and into 2024 if Pompeo decides to launch a presidential campaign.
Matt Mayberry, a longtime Republican activist and former New Hampshire GOP vice chairman, told Fox News that these early visits are crucial. “Now you’re sitting and having dinner with activists, you’re in those American Legion halls, those VFW restaurants. That’s actually what matters because to build a good house you have to have a solid foundation,” He underlines.
Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, agreed, noting that “we’re still in the business of making friends because it’s through friendships and relationships that you develop good results that matter. I’m in this fight for conservative policies since i was a young kid and it always makes a difference that you have friends and allies and partners and colleagues and people who believe in something that you are working on and that you care about to heart.”
And his quick 24-hour stay in New Hampshire was jam-packed. In addition to hosting the fundraising dinner and headlining a separate roundtable with Hillsborough GOP leaders, Pompeo hosted a meeting with Republican leaders in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was the main luncheon attraction with the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association. And Pompeo, a U.S. Military Academy graduate who served as a tank platoon leader in Germany during the Cold War, met fellow West Point graduates who live in New Hampshire in an American legion.
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Asked about his schedule, Pompeo reiterated that any decisions would come after the November midterms. And he said, ‘My wife and I are going to think, work, pray and make a decision about whether we’re going to return to public service by offering to take elective office.’
Pompeo, in his well-received speech, addressed a crowd of about 350 New Hampshire Republican leaders and activists. He hurled national security and foreign policy-focused comments at President Biden as he shed light on his tenure as secretary of state and director of the CIA.
But he ventured out of his wheelhouse.
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Addressing culture wars and transgender politics, Pompeo said to loud applause that “it’s not OK for men to play women’s sports.”
And with consumer prices soaring, he lashed out at President Biden’s administration, saying, “Don’t let them tell us that it’s normal that inflation is only 7%.”