(PresidentialInsider.com)- Not much has been heard from Mike Pompeo since he left Washington when former President Donald Trump exited the White House in January 2021.
But, now, Trump’s secretary of state is starting to re-appear, making waves and hinting at a possible run for president in two more years.
For a while, Pompeo was considered a possible Republican candidate for president in 2024. He attracted a lot of attention during his time in Trump’s Cabinet, and he was riding high just last year.
However, his name has seemed to disappear from the conversation of potential 2024 GOP hopefuls, taking a backseat to not only Trump, but former Vice President Mike Pence as well as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Just this week, though, CAVPAC the conservative group that he chairs, released a 30-second ad spot in South Carolina, which will be considered one of the key states during the presidential primary in 2024.
The video advertisements celebrates the decision by the Supreme Court to rule in favor of a high school football coach who was suspended from his duties after he refused to not lead any more prayers after games on the field with players.
The ad starts out by showing the building of the Supreme Court, then a rosary and church. A newscaster then says the Supreme Court would hear arguments “in one of the most important school prayer cases in more than a decade.”
After that, you can hear Pompeo’s voice, which plays over top of pictures of different people praying. He then says:
“They’re not just words. They’re not just actions. They’re the things that make us. They lift us, inspire us, save us.”
Following those words, Pompeo appears on screen to talk directly to the viewers, saying:
“I’m Mike Pompeo, and this is who we are. Together, let’s make sure that our religious freedom and our right to pray are never canceled.”
The ad would seem to be an early direct pitch to drum up support for a potential run at the GOP nomination for president. South Carolina will be the first state in the South to hold a primary in the 2024 election cycle.
As he’s no longer in public office, there really wouldn’t be any other politically-motivated reason why Pompeo would appear in a public service announcement like this — unless he was preparing for a run for office.
While he may be flying under the radar now, Pompeo could be a sneaky good candidate for Republicans who may be tiring of Trump and don’t really favor DeSantis or Pence as an alternative.
Pompeo, 58, has a solid track record of experience to his name. In addition to serving as secretary of state, he served with the CIA and was also once a congressman representing Kansas.
Since leaving Washington 18 months ago, Pompeo has been traveling around the U.S. to support various Republican candidates who are running for office in the crucial midterms.
Looking forward, Pompeo also said recently his decision on whether to run for president in 2024 wouldn’t be affected at all by whether Trump decides to run. Appearing on “The Takeout” podcast with Major Garrett of CBS News, Pompeo said:
“If we decide that we’re going to do this, if we’re going to present the case for Mike Pompeo for president — if we’re going to do that — you can’t do it from a standing start. We’re doing the kinds of things one might do, at least as we see it, to get ready for that moment.”