Pompeo: Senate run 'off the table'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoLatest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong 63 killed in blast at Afghan wedding as Taliban, US negotiate troop withdrawal Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan 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 McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report 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 RobertsKobach says he's more prepared for 'propaganda' in Senate campaign Pompeo: Senate run 'off the table' Grassley gambles on drug price bill despite GOP doubts 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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE lost establishment favor after losing a race for governor in Kansas to a Democrat last fall.