(ConservativePeak.com)- In what is potentially a surprise to no one who’s paying attention, Mike Pompeo said he would run for president in 2024 if his former boss decided not to.
Pompeo, the former secretary of state under former President Donald Trump, suggested this move while speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday night. Hannity asked him whether he’d “consider getting in that race” if Trump decides not to seek a return trip to the White House.
“Sean, I’m always up for a good fight. I care deeply about America. You and I have been part of the conservative movement for an awfully long time now. I am to keep at it.”
Hannity said he’d take that as “a strong maybe.” And Pompeo replied: “That’s perfect.”
Pompeo has been subtly making overtures and comments that could boost his profile if he does indeed end up running. At last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, for example, he addressed the crowd and promoted Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, which he carried out faithfully.
For now, though, Pompeo hasn’t stepped to the forefront and officially thrown his hat in the ring. Like many other potential Republican hopefuls, he’s waiting in the wings in case Trump himself decides that he won’t run in 2024. If he does, it’s likely Pompeo and a lot of other potential candidates will remain on the sideline and wait their turn in a future year.
This isn’t the first time that Pompeo has hinted at a potential run for president in 2024. Back in January, Pompeo tweeted a cryptic message that read only “1,384 days.” That marked the number of days between the tweet and the next presidential election, which will be held in November 2024.
In his final months in office, Pompeo was attracting attention for speeches he was giving, and what he was saying in them. It seemed to some that he was beginning to lay the groundwork for a potential 2024 run even before he left his position in Trump’s cabinet.
Speaking in December 2020 on “The Guy Benson Show,” a conservative radio show, Pompeo denied that he was stopping in Georgia as a political stunt. He was giving an address, he said, that was about China and its presence throughout academia in the U.S.
“I’m going to go speak about that very set of issues, the fact that in America’s research educational institutions today, the Chinese Communist Party is aiming to lobby, to influence and to steal.”
Michael O’Hanlon, who serves as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Pompeo was “the most experienced of the big three contending for any Trump endorsement in 2024.” The other two people O’Hanlon was referring to are Mike Pence, the former vice president, and Nikki Haley, the former U.N. Ambassador.
O’Hanlon said Pompeo has a lot of accomplishments to his name, including political realignments in the Middle East as well as tougher U.S. policies on China. He said:
“The experience positions him reasonably well, even for those of us who might critique many of his policies — as well as his closeness to Trump.”