Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with voters in Iowa on Friday, fueling speculation around his potential ambitions for a 2024 White House run.
Iowa is particularly significant for its role as one of the first states to cast votes in presidential campaigns for recent election cycles.
“If there was ever any doubt of Mike Pompeo’s political ambitions, the former secretary of state put them to rest on Friday by becoming the first big-name Republican to meet with voters in Iowa this year and lay the groundwork for a possible presidential campaign,” The New York Times reported Friday.
“Speaking near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa, Mr. Pompeo largely cast his remarks to the Westside Conservative Club as an effort to win a Republican majority in Congress in the 2022 midterm elections,” the report added. “But his breakfast speech was tinged with references to the presidential campaign in 2024 — a race that Mr. Pompeo has never denied eyeing.”
Pompeo reportedly told a small crowd of voters, “These elections in 2022 will have a real impact on how 2024 ultimately goes as well, and it’s why I’m out here today. It’s why I’m going to continue to go out and campaign.”
“If we get 2022 right, 2024 will solve itself,” the Republican stated.
“America will be the country that comes out in a way that delivers good outcomes for our people and for people all across the world — and it’ll be because of all the good work that we all do,” added Pompeo, who also formerly served as CIA director under President Donald Trump, before being tapped as secretary of state.
Rumors of a potential Trump run for the White House in 2024 have not entirely died out, however. The former president seemed to place himself as the GOP kingmaker during a speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC.
“I’m going to continue to fight right by your side. We’re not starting new parties,” Trump told CPAC attendees, according to FOX 59. “We have the Republican Party. It’s going to be strong and united like never before.”
The former president also ripped into Republicans who he says are not “American First,” suggesting they’ll be primaried and should be ousted.
Moreover, during an interview with Fox News’ Lisa Boothe earlier this month, Trump named a number of standout Republicans as good representations of the future of the party, namely Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL); Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rand Paul (R-KY); former White House press secretary and gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders, and Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
Asked by @LisaMarieBoothe which Republicans represent future of the party, Trump names Ron DeSantis, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Sanders and Kristi Noem.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 22, 2021
DeSantis has quickly become a target of the Left since excelling in his response to COVID-19, no doubt boosting his chances of becoming one of the GOP 2024 frontrunners. In response, legacy media has attempted to smear the governor with phony scandals that have yet to stick.
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