Pompeo says he's 'ruled out' 2020 Kansas Senate run

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE on Thursday said that he has "ruled out" running for the open Kansas Senate seat in 2020.

“It’s ruled out. I’m here. I’m loving it," Pompeo said Thursday during an interview on NBC's "Today."

The seat is being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser Ann Coulter, Peter Thiel slated to host fundraiser for Kobach's Senate bid: report MORE (R).

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Pompeo, who represented Kansas's 4th District in the House before joining the Trump administration, added that he plans to serve as secretary of State for "as long as President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE gives me the opportunity to serve as America’s senior diplomat.”

“I love doing what I’m doing and I have 75,000 great warriors out around the world, trying to deliver for the American people," he said.

 

Pompeo's comments follow reports last month that Senate Republicans, as well as Republican strategists, were pushing him to run for Roberts's seat. Republicans are worried that Democrats could pull off a victory in the usually reliable red state, where Democrat Laura Kelly beat Republican Kris Kobach in last year's governor's race.

Additionally, Pompeo and Roberts were planning to meet as of last month amid speculation that Pompeo would run, a spokesperson for Roberts said at the time.

President Trump earlier this month said that he had asked Pompeo about a possible Senate bid and the State Department chief told him "he's absolutely not leaving."

Roberts, currently serving his fourth term in the Senate, announced in January that he would not seek reelection in 2020.