If there was ever any doubt of Mike Pompeo’s political ambitions, the previous secretary of state put them to relaxation on Friday by changing into the primary big-name Republican to satisfy with voters in Iowa this yr and lay the groundwork for a attainable presidential marketing campaign.
Talking close to Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa, Mr. Pompeo largely solid his remarks to the Westside Conservative Membership as an effort to win a Republican majority in Congress within the 2022 midterm elections. However his breakfast speech was tinged with references to the presidential marketing campaign in 2024 — a race that Mr. Pompeo has by no means denied eyeing.
“These elections in 2022 can have an actual impression on how 2024 in the end goes as nicely, and it’s why I’m out right here right now,” Mr. Pompeo informed the small crowd, based on Fox Information. “It’s why I’m going to proceed to exit and marketing campaign.”
“If we get 2022 proper, 2024 will resolve itself,” Mr. Pompeo stated.
The previous high diplomat — who additionally served as C.I.A. director to former President Donald J. Trump earlier than changing into secretary of state in 2018 — can be scheduled to talk to Republicans in New Hampshire on Monday on a video name to a fund-raiser for a state Home candidate.
Iowa and New Hampshire have been the primary two states to solid votes in presidential campaigns in latest election cycles. Mr. Pompeo stated he’s additionally serving to Republicans in Texas, Nebraska and Alabama.
Whereas on the State Division, Mr. Pompeo made little secret of his political aspirations.
He was the primary sitting secretary of state in trendy historical past to deal with a celebration’s nationwide conference, a platform he used to introduce himself to a home viewers whereas on a taxpayer-funded diplomatic go to to Jerusalem final August. He additionally hosted about two dozen dinners on the division, over a two-year interval, for international coverage discussions with American enterprise leaders and political conservatives whose help could be essential in future campaigns.
Within the two months since leaving workplace, Mr. Pompeo has repeatedly criticized the Biden administration’s insurance policies on a variety of subjects, together with China, immigration and assist to Palestinians. (He has, nevertheless, steered away from straight criticizing his successor, Antony J. Blinken, the present secretary of state.) Mr. Pompeo has additionally taken intention at social points, like transgender athletes and the so-called cancel tradition motion, to firmly set up his conservative bona fides.
He has adopted Mr. Trump’s mantra of “America First” and on Friday informed the breakfast crowd in Iowa that “America would be the nation that comes out in a manner that delivers good outcomes for our folks and for folks all the world over — and it’ll be due to all the great work that all of us do.”
Curiously, in a Fox Information interview earlier this week, Mr. Trump didn’t point out his former secretary of state whereas enumerating the Republicans he thinks are the way forward for the get together.