Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, encouraged Republicans to continue the open discussion about entitlement reform because some party leaders have shied away.
He noted that his son had warned him that “Social Security” was not going to provide for him. Pompeo said that Republicans have a responsibility in fixing the nation’s fiscal problems and ensuring that Medicare and Social Security are solvent.
Pompeo stated that “it is certain that the next Republican President has to be more serious about getting our fiscal house in line” and added, “It’s absolutely true that it is the case that the previous Republican presidents have been more serious than any other Republican presidents.” “Making sure people who get benefits from the government work” as well as ensuring that those “who can’t survive without it don’t get it.”
Democrats have seized on entitlements and raised alarms about the possibility that the GOP could reduce funding for Medicare or Social Security. Both Kevin McCarthy, the House Speaker (R-CA), and Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee Chairwoman have ruled out reforms to these programs in near future.
Trump, Pompeo’s former boss and rival in 2024, has blasted Republicans for speculating about these programs. Pompeo claimed that the party must support those programs and control the deficit, despite political concerns.
Pompeo said, “We must ensure that these programs, Medicare, and Social Security, which make up a large portion of federal expenditures are on a sustainable track.” We owe it the next generation to ensure that we do that right… conservatives owe this to America.”
Pompeo has indicated that he is considering a run for the 2024 election and has suggested that he will announce it in the spring. He has vast foreign policy experience having served as secretary of state and CIA Director. However, he is now focusing on domestic issues while promoting Never Give An inch: Fighting for the America That I Love.
He also participated in activities in key early primaries states, and sometimes opined about the 2024 race. According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling aggregate, Trump is currently leading the GOP pack with Pompeo at sixth. Pompeo claims that the primary race is still open.
Pompeo observed, “I don’t believe there is one leader. And frankly, I don’t think there was ever a single leader.” “We always talk of presidents when they are in power, but it is a fractious group with many different ideas.”