Pompeo on Senate run: 'I always leave open the possibility that something will change'

Pompeo on Senate run: 'I always leave open the possibility that something will change'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: House Democrats unveil stopgap spending measure to GOP opposition | Bill includes .6B for new subs | Trump issues Iran sanctions after world shrugs at US action at UN Navalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill US issues Iran sanctions to enforce UN action ignored by international community MORE did not rule out a potential U.S. Senate run on Wednesday during an interview with a Kansas radio station.

Speaking with KCMO radio, Pompeo said he was "spending time" on the possibility of a run and discussing it with his wife, but made no definitive indication that he was planning a run, according to a State Department transcript.

"There is a lot more people talking about this and spending time on it than Susan and I are spending time thinking about it," Pompeo told the radio station.

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{mosads "Look, we love Kansas, but I am very focused on my mission serving America and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE as the secretary of State," he said. "That’s my mission and as I think I’ve said a couple of times, I intend to do this so long as President Trump wants me to be engaged in this activity."

After being pressed again on the issue by radio host Pete Mundo, Pompeo added that he was keeping his options open.

"I would have never dreamed that I’d be the secretary of State even a year before I became the director of the CIA, a year before that. And so I always leave open the possibility that something will change and my path in life will change too, but my mission set is really very clear," Pompeo said.

His remarks come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally The Memo: Dems face balancing act on SCOTUS fight MORE (R-Ky.) previously indicated to reporters that Pompeo would be his top choice to run for the spot opening up representing Kansas in a seat currently held by retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill GOP senators say coronavirus deal dead until after election MORE (R-Kan.)

If Pompeo entered the race, he would face a primary challenge from former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a staunch supporter of President Trump who lost establishment favor after losing a race for governor in the state to a Democrat last fall.