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 PompeoTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned Washington indecision compounded the Kurds' dilemma 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.

{mosads "Look, we love Kansas, but I am very focused on my mission serving America and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate 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 RobertsJeffress dismisses evangelical opposition to Trump's Syria decision: Not one will 'switch their vote' Overnight Defense: Trump defends Turkey amid fierce criticism | Senators demand briefing on Syria decision | Turkey confirms strikes on Syrian border | White House says it won't cooperate on impeachment inquiry Pat Robertson 'absolutely appalled' by Trump's Syria announcement 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.