Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book 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.
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 McConnellSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Schumer eyeing Build Back Better vote as soon as week of Dec. 13 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 RobertsMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Bob Dole, Pat Roberts endorse Kansas AG Derek Schmidt for governor Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm 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 TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE lost establishment favor after losing a race for governor in Kansas to a Democrat last fall.