Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is once again teasing a run for president – this time using language indicating he won’t wait on former President Donald Trump.
‘We’re going to make our decision based on if we think this is the right place for us to serve,’ Pompeo said at a political event in South Carolina.
‘If I come to believe I ought to become president, that I have something to offer the American people, I will run no matter who all decides to get in and who else decides not to get in the race,’ he said.
The former congressman and CIA Director was speaking at South Carolina GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan’s Faith and Freedom Barbecue, as The State reported.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with reporters on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Anderson, S.C., where Pompeo headlined a fundraiser for Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. Pompeo said if he decides to run for president he will do so ‘no matter who all decides to get in and who else decides not to get in the race’
His comments come after a new Politico / Morning Consult poll had Pompeo, who served in as Trump’s top diplomat, at zero percent, in a field dominated by Trump, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence trailing.
Following a well-worn political path, Pompeo said his trips around the country were on behalf of Republican candidates, not his own potential return to politics.
‘There’s big plans for me to make sure we have a really great election this November and then we will see what the good Lord brings after that,” said the former Kansas lawmaker. ‘My wife and I are thinking, praying and trying to figure out where to serve next. It could be that we’ll decide to enter the presidential race. It may not, but we’re going to stay in this fight,’ he added.
His appearance comes during a month when the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home shook the political race, with some indications it could strengthen Trump’s lock on his base. But Pence’s former boss is also contending with a slew of legal challenges and probes connected to his business and his failed 2020 election overturn effort.
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He is among several potential 2024 candidates who are holding back, even if he says his decision won’t be impacted by the field. Pence, who has been revealed resisting Trump’s pressure in House January 6th Committee hearings, visited the Iowa State Fair, a regular stop for presidential candidates, last week.
Pompeo testified before the House Jan. 6th Committee earlier this month, amid the panel’s interest in internal discussions between cabinet members about invoking the 25th Amendment, which governs a president who is incapacitated or unable to perform his duties.
Days after the Nov. 2020 elections, Pompeo told reporters ‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ – smiling while delivering the comment, which came as Trump’s effort to overturn the election was still emerging.
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