Flake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation

Flake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE will visit New Hampshire next month amid increasing speculation that the retiring Arizona Republican may mount a 2020 primary challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE

Flake is set to speak at Saint Anselm's New Hampshire Institute of Politics and give an address titled “After the Deluge: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.”

The visit will be Flake’s second this year to New Hampshire, the nation's first presidential primary state and second contest after the Iowa caucuses.

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The visit could fuel further speculation that Flake, a frequent Trump critic who is retiring in January, could run for president either as an Independent or a Republican.

“It's not in my plans. But I’ve not ruled anything out. I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side other than the president, if nothing else, simply to remind Republicans what conservatism is and what Republicans have traditionally stood for,” Flake said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in May.

There is also speculation that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who ran for president in 2016, could challenge Trump in 2020 as well.

Kasich has also visited New Hampshire and represents a perennial swing state. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio in the general election.

Potential Democratic 2020 contenders are being much less coy about their ambitions, with several making multiple trips to crucial states. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE has so far made trips to Iowa, Florida and South Carolina, among others. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) has visited Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire; Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio; and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation Virginia mayor refuses to resign over controversial Biden, 'Aunt Jemima' post Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEx-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board USAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency MORE (D-N.J.) has made trips to Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin.