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Mike Pompeo says it’s no surprise he returned to New Hampshire.

“Here I am. It’s not random,” the former secretary of state told Fox News on Tuesday. When asked about his latest visit to the state, which has secured the first primary for a century in the race for the White House.

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Pompeo questioned reporters at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics after the headline “Politics and Eggs,” explaining that he and his wife, Susan, “are wondering what the right place is for us to continue the fight I’ve been fighting about.” Spoke today. I believe deeply that this country is worth fighting for.”

“Whether we’ll decide to try and run for president, I can’t answer. But we’re doing things to be prepared to make an announcement like this and then engage with the American people. Ideas on which We believe, they matter,” Pompeo insisted.

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A West Point graduate and Army armor and Calvary officer stationed in West Germany during the Cold War and later elected to Congress from Kansas before serving as CIA director and America’s top diplomat in former President Trump’s administration . He has made several stops over the past year and a half in New Hampshire as well as Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, the other three early voting states in the Republican presidential nomination calendar. Additionally, the “Politics and the Eggs” speaking series at St Anselm College, just outside Manchester, has been a stop for almost a quarter century for real and potential White House candidates from both major parties.

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When asked about his timetable for the decision to launch the presidential campaign, Pompeo told Fox News that “Susan and I have been able to really sort this out and figure out what we’re going to do.” . “

Pompeo used part of his address to detonate President Biden in heated language that the president recently used in targeting “MAGA Republicans” who he argues are part of his continued loyalty to Trump. The reason they have adopted “quasi-fascism”.

President Biden delivers a speech at Independence National Historical Park on September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia.  The President spoke on the "continuous fight for the soul of the nation".

In a primetime address at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, where the Declaration of Independence and the nation’s constitution were debated and signed, the president argued that “what is happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and MAGA represent Republican extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic.”

Biden’s more aggressive language of late from a referendum on Biden and congressional Democrats appears to be a move to change the midterm narrative and his record keeping the country — amid record inflation, rising crime and border security — For an election between Biden and Trump. And the fight to save democracy. The president’s new push made national headlines, but also drew flak from Republicans.

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Pompeo said, “The President of the United States made a speech that defame half the country. He identified half the country as enemies of the state.” “His principles, the things through which we have been living for more than a year and a half, I sum up in three thoughts: the awake, the vulnerable, and the nervous.”

Pompeo argued that the president “abandoned American hope and replaced it with awakened despair. He would replace American integrity with cynicism, and he would replace American freedom with awakened control. It is dissolving our nation.” “

Fox News contributor Pompeo defended the Trump administration when Fox News asked how he squared off his criticisms of Biden after serving under the president, who many claimed were the most divisive in American history.

“I don’t think that’s true,” replied Pompeo. “I think the most divisive president in my lifetime is the one I’m currently serving. We don’t get it right every day. No administration does. But if you look at the policies and how they worked for the American people So I am proud of the work we did.”

Pompeo gave some daylight during his address, a question-and-answer session with the audience, and a field of questions from reporters, supporting the Trump administration at the same time between his and some of Trump’s more controversial actions. A fine line was drawn while keeping. It’s a balancing act that is probably something the GOP is seriously considering running for presidency in a party where Trump remains the most popular and influential politician with a base.

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Pompeo called the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters “a bad day for the United States” amid congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election. A sadly bad day.”

He insisted, “It ended well. It ended with our then Vice President Mike Pence and our members of Congress destroying America’s business that day. I was incredibly proud of him for that.” ”

However, Pompeo also said, “I equally believe that the riots that broke out across the country during 2020 were bad for America as well.”

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signs the iconic wooden eggs before addressing the "Politics and the Egg" speaking series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 20, 2022.

Regarding the FBI’s search last month of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, in which agents recovered classified documents, Pompeo insisted that “nobody gets to put the classified documents in that location.” Where he shouldn’t be. Not a former secretary of state. No one.”

However, he added that “the raid on Mar-a-Lago was indecent and unfair to our democracy and a historically unprecedented and terrible idea … It is possible that there were two mistakes.”

Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley slammed Pompeo, saying “one more insult to former President Trump stuck by his side to pursue his political ambitions. He may travel to New Hampshire.” But Granite Staters want nothing. Do the same to a MAGA extremist. He’ll be chewed and spit in any competition here, and no amount of guile or cowardice will be able to change that.”

Pompeo also provided plenty of red meat for the conservative primary voters he aims to win next year.

In his speech, he heavily criticized the actions of the Biden administration over the past year and a half in handling the crisis at the US-Mexico border.

When asked by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom about calls for an investigation into the GOP Gov. After Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas moved undocumented migrants to progressive cities and other strongholds in the northern part of the US, Pompeo told reporters that “government Newsom’s comments about human trafficking. This madness Joe Biden has moved more immigrants around this country than the government. DeSantis will ever roam this country.”

“It’s about ideas. And an open southern border is very dangerous for American thought. And you heard these questions from the audience today about fentanyl in your home state of New Hampshire. Today fentanyl is as cheap as it ever was and That’s because Pompeo said, “About President Joe Biden’s policies. They let this stuff come across the country.”

He also rebuked Vice President Kamala Harris, alleging that “when Vice President Harris tells you they’re not running across the border, every one of you, every one of you, should say, ‘Ma’am, this is his The picture is coming. Across. You are lying to the American people.’ And don’t let that gaslight. It’s not about him. It’s not about the people. It’s about the ideas that matter to our country and for lying to the American people about what’s really out there Happening.”