Pompeo focused his speech at
Yet, weeks after Pompeo said a run is "off the table," he is still creating a buzz and looming over the race, as only he has enough name recognition and support among
"I wouldn't count him out," said
And if Pompeo runs, she said, "I'm on board."
Other candidates don't have the luxury of waiting and the field is likely to grow even bigger, with GOP Rep.
"It's the Pompeo decision, and then everything else trickles down," said
Senate Majority Leader
During an interview Friday with
"I think he likes his job," said
Pompeo used Friday's lecture to promote a pet project. Pompeo has frequently lamented the expansion of human rights to include what he and many conservatives believe are issues that fall outside what should be considered "God-given." Critics, including many in the human rights community, fear he intends to stop the
Pompeo has been criticized for creating a commission to study and highlight the "unalienable rights" envisioned by America's founders at the creation of
"When rights proliferate, we risk losing focus on those core unalienable rights," he said.
He took aim at international organizations and treaties that enshrine certain rights as universal, arguing that the proliferation of rights had diminished their importance and that the distinction between fundamental rights and "more political preferences or priorities" has become blurred.
"This is an imperfect analogy, but the 13th ice cream cone isn't as good as the first one was," he said.
Audience members didn't ask Pompeo about the
Kobach, who served as
The Democratic candidates with active campaigns are former federal prosecutor
"The question of whether Secretary Pompeo will get into the