Mike Pompeo says the time for celebrity candidates is over--'true conservative' candidates needed

By Jen Krausz on
 March 7, 2023

Former Secretary of State under Donald Trump Mike Pompeo said Sunday on Fox News that he thinks the time for celebrity presidential candidates is over and that the country needs "true conservative" candidates instead.

Host Shannon Bream asked, “Would a President Pompeo do a better job at managing the defect and debt than President Trump did?”

Pompeo said:

I think a President Pompeo or any conservative president will do better than not only we did during the four years of the Trump administration, but Barack Obama, George Bush. The list is long, Shannon, of folks who come to Washington on one theory and, aren’t prepared to stand up and explain to the American people how we’re actually going to get that right. It matters to the next generation.

“It is going to take a true conservative leader," he added.

Pompeo seemed to suggest that Trump was not sufficiently conservative because of his deficit spending. “Six trillion dollars more in debt is never the right direction for the country," he said.

The moment for celebrity, the moment for stars, is not with us. It’s the moment for America to go back to its conservative founding," he said to explain his CPAC speech, which took veiled jabs at Trump.