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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday afternoon that he will not be launching a campaign for president in 2024 after carefully considering the matter.
“It is simplest and most accurate to say that this decision is personal,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The time is not right for me and my family. At each stage of my public service — as a soldier, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and as your Secretary of State, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to advance America in a way that fit the time and the moment.”
“This is not that time or that moment for me to seek elected office again,” he added.
Pompeo said that he and his wife Susan concluded after much prayer that for the time being, they “can best serve in roles we’ve been in before — as parents, Sunday school teachers, community leaders, and business leaders.”
“To those of you this announcement disappoints, my apologies. And to those of you this thrills, know that I’m 59 years-old,” he concluded. “There remain many more opportunities for which the timing might be more fitting as presidential leadership becomes even more necessary.”
Pompeo told Fox News host Bret Baier that former President Donald Trump did not factor into his decision to not seek the White House at this time.
“Frankly, this race, I hope, isn’t about people,” Pompeo said. “I hope it’s about these ideas.”
Pompeo did not give any indication on whether he will make an endorsement during the Republican Party primary.
“We will see how it plays out,” he said. “It’s not about any one person. I want to find that person who can not only talk about the things that matter to every family in America, but who can actually build an organization, create a team, and deliver that for the American people. That’s what matters to me.”
“And when I figure out who that right person is, I will — like I have always done in my life, I will get behind them and do everything I can to help them,” he said.
Pompeo confirmed that he might endorse another candidate instead of the former president.
When asked about Trump’s repeated attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and whether any Republican candidate can beat Trump, Pompeo responded: “I think the American people will sort this out.”
“I think Americans are thirsting for people making arguments, not just tweets. I think they’re looking for someone who can clearly articulate their vision for what parents ought to be doing to help their kids be successful in schools and how we take back crime from our streets and cities,” he said. “I don’t know if that will end up being President Trump that the American people choose, or if that’s who our party will choose to be its nominee.”