Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report

Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering Trump admin hits Iranian shipping network, airline with new sanctions The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal MORE is expected to meet Sunday with Republican strategist Ward Baker to discuss a potential bid in 2020 for an open Senate seat in Kansas, Politico reported, citing two people familiar with the plans. 

Pompeo and Baker will speak about what a Senate campaign would encompass, according to Politico.


The meeting comes as Republican strategists, fearing that the seat could flip to Democrats, have pushed Pompeo to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsLankford to be named next Senate Ethics chairman The Hill's Morning Report - Intel panel readies to hand off impeachment baton The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE (R-Kan.).

The Washington Post reported last week that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has personally encouraged Pompeo to depart from the State Department to make a bid for the seat.

Roberts, who announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection in 2020, also plans to meet with Pompeo about running for the seat.

Pompeo, 55, represented Kansas in the House from 2011 through 2017.

He left the House to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE assumed office and became secretary of state in April of last year.