Trump’s 2024 presidential bid won’t stop Pompeo from running

Katherine Herridge’s interview with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo airs Friday at 7 p.m. on CBS News’ “Weekender”

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will make a decision by spring on whether or not he is running for president in 2024 – whether or not former President Donald Trump is also running.

In an interview broadcast Friday, CBS News senior investigative correspondent Katherine Herridge asked Pompeo, “Will you stay out of the race if former President Trump wants the Republican nomination?”

“Not because of this,” he replied.

What will keep him out of the race? “Running for president is an audacious decision,” Pompeo said. “For someone like me, this is a very serious thing. And one has to conclude that they are the best fit to move this country forward. And if we conclude that we were at the right time and for me this Well done, we’ll run.”

“I will put the matter before the American people that we are, and I am, the right leader and the American people have the opportunity to make their own decisions,” he said.

Pompeo said that if he decides to run, he will likely announce his bid in the spring. Pompeo, formerly a member of Congress, was both the CIA director and secretary of state in the Trump administration. Since then, he’s written a book, “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,”—and he’s also been working on his fitness—he told Fox News he lost 90 pounds in six months.

And if it is Trump who wins the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Pompeo said he would vote for her “without hesitation.”

At this point, though, he’s still thinking about it. “We haven’t figured it out,” he said. “You know – one can draw a straight line there. One shouldn’t. That would be bad data management. I was fitter before getting into politics, so it’s not unique. You don’t have to decide that.” You want to be healthy to run for president.”

Any announcement will come “somewhere after the first meeting of the year, after the first meeting, and by early ’24. But sometime in the spring of next year, we’re going to start turning our attention to trying to get that right.” ”

“And if it’s not, Catherine, if it’s not me, if we conclude that it’s not me, then I’m going to be in this fight,” Pompeo said.

As some Republicans defend whether they will accept the results of the upcoming midterm elections, Pompeo said it would be a “mistake” for GOP candidates not to accept the election results next month.

“Yeah, that’s a mistake. It’s a mistake,” Pompeo said. “It’s important that we have confidence in the American elections. That’s why American leaders need to instill confidence.” However, he also expressed support for election security measures favored by conservatives, such as the need for ID cards. “We have to make sure we have procedures in place to believe in elections that can’t be faked,” he told Herridge. “We have to have elections that are transparent and complete.”

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