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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to headline a large rally of Republicans in South Carolina this month as he considers a 2024 White House bid that could pit him against his former boss , former President Donald Trump.
Pompeo will speak Aug. 22 at the Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson, according to event host U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan.
The principles of faith and freedom “are woven into the very fabric of our nation, and I look forward to celebrating them surrounded by veterans, first responders, and other patriotic Americans who make our country great!” Pompeo said Tuesday in a written statement provided to The Associated Press.
The fundraiser, which benefits Duncan’s campaign, has long been a showcase for potential White House candidates, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, then-Vice President Mike Pence , the senses. Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst and Marco Rubio, and former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
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According to Duncan, who represents South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district, the event is the largest annual gathering of Republicans in the state, typically drawing more than 1,000 attendees.
“Mike Pompeo embodies service to country and community rather than self,” Duncan said, touting “Pompeo’s unwavering commitment to America’s foremost foreign policy and willingness to stand up to adversaries like China.”
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Last year, Pompeo headlined a fundraiser for the South Carolina state Republican Party, which hosted the first presidential votes in the South. His super PAC, which has raised nearly $6 million, ran a digital ad last month in South Carolina and Iowa — another early-voting state where he has made appearances — touting religious freedoms.
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Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, and Pence are among former Trump administration officials trying to establish themselves in the state as Trump continues to tease a 2024 bid. Pompeo, who served as CIA director and top diplomat, remained on good terms with his former boss, continuing to defend him after the siege of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 by Trump supporters.
Pence has made several recent visits to the state, including last year when he gave his first public address since leaving office. Already this year, he has given a keynote address at Christian Columbia International University, spoken at a fundraiser for a pregnancy center in crisis, and outlined his political vision for a “post-Roe” world.