Republican candidates keep emerging as the race for 2024 commences. Many of Trump allies and former officials have made their intentions clear, or have vaguely hinted, as the possibility of a presidential run – but this one came out of nowhere.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making his second trip to Iowa (the kick-off state for the 2024 race) this summer, swirling the rumor mill of a possible White House bid to outset Joe Biden.
This will be Pompeo’s second trip this year to Iowa, whose caucuses begin the presidential nominating process.
In March, Pompeo headlined a conservative event hosted by the Westside Conservative Club in Iowa. His stop in the battleground state marked the first made by any potential 2024 GOP challenger.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Urbandale, Iowa. He is speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Westside Conservatives Club. pic.twitter.com/VbjCQh5XpM
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Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas, was nominated as Former President Trump’s CIA director becoming his Secretary of State. He now works at Fox News as a on-air contributor.
He has not said definitively if he will seek a 2024 White House bid.
Meanwhile, another headliner at the Iowa event, Kristi Noem, is sparking 2024 buzz as well. She has remained clear on her intentions not to run for president, instead making focusing on her gubernatorial reelection. However, some actions by the Noem camp have raised questions about her presidential interests.
The South Dakota Governor recently launched the Noem Victory Fund, a federal PAC that will enable her to raise money for political purposes outside of her state.
Nikki Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and U.N Ambassador, will also be in Iowa during the June event. Rumors of her run have gone rampant as well, but she’s since shot down any questions about her White House aspirations, saying, “I will not run for President if Donald Trump is in the race.”
Other lawmakers sparking speculation over a potential run for president are:
- Former Vice President Mike Pence
- Sen. Rick Scott of Florida
- Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida
- Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas
However, Trump is still apparently carefully considering a White House run himself. Sources close to the Former President say it’s likely that we will see him on the top of the ticket in 2024, but no definitive answer has been given yet.
Trump is hitting the campaign trail this summer. He will likely hold his first rallies in Ohio.
Author: Nolan Sheridan