Pompeo on 2024: 'I want to continue to have an impact'

Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book MORE did not confirm any potential plans for 2024 in a new interview but said he wants to “continue to have an impact.” 

“It’s literally the case that only the Lord knows what’s gonna happen,” Pompeo said on "The Carlos Watson Show" in an interview airing this fall when asked about any plans for the 2024 race.

"I’m working hard to be impactful the same way I talked about thinking about running for Congress. I want to continue to have an impact on the things that I care about, both here and abroad," he added to Watson, co-founder and CEO of OZY.

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Pompeo has widely been discussed as a potential presidential contender in three years. The Trump-era diplomat has traveled to early primary voting states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He’s also repeatedly refused to close the door on a run amid mushrooming speculation.

“I’m always up for a good fight,” Pompeo said in March when asked about his ambitions. “I care deeply about America. You and I have been a part of the conservative movement for an awfully long time now. I aim to keep at it.”

A former congressman from Kansas, Pompeo said he would base a hypothetical bid in Wichita and tout traditional conservative values.

Should he run, Pompeo could be campaigning in a primary with several other high-profile Republicans, potentially including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisWalt Disney World pauses vaccine mandate after DeSantis signs new legislation Fauci overwhelmed by calls after journal published mistake over beagle experiments DeSantis signs legislation limiting vaccine mandates in Florida MORE and former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race Pence to headline New Hampshire event focused on Biden spending plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE.

However, the field is expected to clear substantially if former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE runs again, which he has repeatedly hinted at doing.

Pompeo said in the new interview, which was provided in advance exclusively to The Hill, that he’d campaign on “a return to the idea that family is at the center of America,” citing places such as churches and schools, as well as well as family units as “the granular infrastructure that makes this country completely unique.”

“If we can refocus everyone’s attention on making sure that those institutions are strong, then I’ll have done a good — I would have done a good term for America, and our republic will stand,” he said.