Pompeo: Senate run 'off the table'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing Democrats subpoena top aides to Pompeo MORE on Monday ruled out a 2020 bid for Senate in Kansas after previously saying it was possible.

“It’s off the table. As a practical matter, I’m going to serve as secretary of State every day that I get the chance to do so,” Pompeo told The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

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Asked whether he would be interested in running for president at some point, Pompeo said, “I have never been able to predict what my next gig will be, and I suspect that is the case with respect to this.”

During an interview with a Kansas radio station earlier this month, Pompeo refused to rule out a Senate campaign, saying he was "spending time" on the possibility of a run and discussing it with his wife.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE (R-Ky.) had previously indicated to reporters that Pompeo would be his top choice to run for the seat currently held by Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Tuesday's primaries Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  GOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary MORE (R-Kan.), who is retiring.

Kris Kobach, another Republican and a former Kansas secretary of state, announced on July 8 that he would run for the Senate seat. The staunch defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE lost establishment favor after losing a race for governor in Kansas to a Democrat last fall.