On Friday (April 14), former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced he would not seek the Republican Presidential nomination in 2024.
Speaking on “Special Report,” Pompeo noted that he and his wife, Susan, had been considering the prospect for months, concluding that running for the Presidency was not the right course of action at this time.
Pompeo described having “made a decision,” explaining that he and his wife had “prayerfully” concluded that they would not be “join[ing] the race 2024.”
The former Secretary of State added that although he cares “deeply about America and the issues I’ve been talking about for” the last year and a half — and decades before — “this isn’t our moment.”
When questioned if his former boss’s presence had factored into his decision, Pompeo asserted former President Trump hadn’t been a consideration, later adding that he would support the eventual GOP nominee.
Instead, he explained that the decision was “deeply personal” that had been made by him and his wife, along with his son Nick and daughter-in-law, Rachel.
The former Secretary of State also shared that the GOP should refocus on policy and not personalities.
“It wasn’t about [his entry into the race] would look like,” adding, “This race, I hope, isn’t about people. I hope it’s about these ideas.”
Mentioning his thoughts about joining the race, Pompeo explained he was concerned the U.S. was losing its military edge and spending $2 trillion more than needed, citing his military record, having graduated from West Point and his time as a U.S. Army officer.