If ever there was any doubt about Mike Pompeo’s political ambitions, the former Secretary of State put them to rest on Friday by becoming the first notable Republican to meet with voters in Iowa that year and lay the groundwork for a possible presidential campaign.
Speaking near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa, Mr Pompeo spoke extensively in front of the Westside Conservative Club to try to get a Republican majority in Congress in the 2022 midterm election. But his breakfast speech had references to the presidential campaign in 2024 – a race Mr Pompeo never contested.
“Those elections in 2022 will have a real impact on how 2024 will go, so that’s why I’m out here today,” said Pompeo small amount, according to Fox News. “That’s why I’ll keep going out and campaigning.”
“If we get 2022 right, 2024 will resolve itself,” said Pompeo.
The former top diplomat – also known as C.I.A. Former President Donald J. Trump’s director, before becoming Secretary of State in 2018, is due to speak to Republicans in New Hampshire on Monday on a video call about a fundraiser for a State House candidate.
Iowa and New Hampshire were the first two states to cast votes in presidential campaigns in recent election cycles. Mr Pompeo said he is also helping Republicans in Texas, Nebraska, and Alabama.
During his time at the Foreign Office, Mr. Pompeo made little secret of his political aspirations.
He was the first seated secretary of state in modern history to address a party’s national convention, a platform where he introduced himself to a local audience during a taxpayer-funded diplomatic visit to Jerusalem last August. In the space of two years, he hosted about two dozen foreign policy dinners in the department with American business leaders and political conservatives whose support would be vital to future campaigns.
In the two months since he left office, Mr Pompeo has repeatedly criticized the Biden government’s policies on a number of issues, including China, immigration and Help for Palestinians. (He has, however, avoided direct criticism of his successor, Antony J. Blinken, the current Secretary of State.) Mr Pompeo has also dealt with social issues such as: Transgender athletes and the so-called Cancel culture movementto firmly establish his conservative good faith.
He adopted Mr. Trump’s mantra from “America firstAnd on Friday told the breakfast crowd in Iowa “America will be the country that comes out in a way that produces good results for our people and for people around the world – and that’s because of all the good work we all do.”
Oddly enough, in an interview with Fox News earlier this week, Mr Trump did not mention his former Secretary of State while listing the Republicans he believes are the party’s future.