Pompeo to headline fundraiser in early-voting South Carolina
Share this @internewscast.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to headline a major gathering of Republicans in South Carolina this month as he considers a 2024 White House bid that could pit him against his onetime boss, former President Donald Trump.

Pompeo will speak Aug. 22 at the Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson, according to the host of the event, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan.

The tenets of faith and freedom “are ingrained into the very fabric of our nation, and I am looking forward to celebrating them surrounded by veterans, first responders, and other patriotic Americans who make our country great!” Pompeo said in a written statement Tuesday provided to The Associated Press.

The fundraiser, which benefits Duncan’s campaign, has long been a showcase for possible White House contenders, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, then-Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst and Marco Rubio, and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

According to Duncan, who represents South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, the event is the state’s largest annual gathering of Republicans, typically drawing more than 1,000 attendees.

“Mike Pompeo epitomizes service to country and community over self,” Duncan said, touting Pompeo’s “unwavering commitment to America first foreign policy and his willingness to stand up to adversaries like China.”

Last year, Pompeo headlined a fundraiser for the state Republican Party in South Carolina, home to the first presidential votes in the South. His super PAC, which has raised nearly $6 million, last month released a digital ad in South Carolina and Iowa — another early-voting state where he has been making appearances — touting religious freedoms.

Pompeo and Pence are among the former Trump administration officials attempting to establish themselves in the state as Trump continues to tease a 2024 bid. Pompeo, who served as CIA director and top diplomat, has remained on good terms with his former boss, continuing to defend him after the Jan. 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

Pence has made several recent visits to the state, including last year when he made his first public address since leaving office. Already this year, he has given commencement remarks at the Christian Columbia International University, spoken at a crisis pregnancy center fundraiser and outlined his policy vision for a “post-Roe” world.

___

Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like

Who was Qasem Soleimani? | NewsNation

() — An Iranian national was charged in a murder-for-hire plot against…

“CBS Evening News” headlines for Friday, August 12, 2022

“CBS Evening News” headlines for Friday, August 12, 2022 – CBS News…

From twerking bears to waggling bees: Meet the dancers of the animal kingdom 

Every year, celebrities of all ages, backgrounds and levels of talent throw…

Jacksonville police looking for info after recent sexual battery

This past Sunday, police say Christion Wynn, 24 was arrested for kidnapping…

JSO looking for possible victims connected to man accused of kidnapping, sexual battery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to…

Alachua County School Board elections: District 5 features pair of competing educators

With District 5 board member Rob Hyatt announcing that he won’t run…

Man, 47, is shot dead and three are left injured in trail of destruction on Isle of Skye

A man has been shot dead and three people left injured in…

Disturbing Details Found In The Autopsy Of James Byrd Jr

According to ABC News, Byrd had been decapitated and dismembered. An autopsy…