Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation

Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Gabbard warns Trump: Acting like 'Saudi Arabia's b---- is not "America First"' Trump ramps up rhetoric on Iran MORE will speak at a breakfast for the Missouri-Kansas (MOKAN) Forum amid rumors that he plans to run for the Kansas Senate seat that Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsHillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser Ann Coulter, Peter Thiel slated to host fundraiser for Kobach's Senate bid: report Rep. Roger Marshall launches Kansas Senate bid MORE (R) will vacate, according to Politico.

The breakfast will be held at  at Charlie Palmer in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5, which is also the day of the State of the Union address, Politico reported. Pompeo will be joined by aide Toni Porter.

Pompeo reportedly met with Republican strategist Ward Baker about a potential Senate bid earlier this month. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year Congress must reinstate assault weapons ban MORE (R-Ky.) had encouraged Pompeo to run in Kansas.

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Pompeo told Fox News last week that he was approached by “lots of folks” who want him to run for Senate, but that he has “a very full plate” in his current position.

Pat Roberts said earlier this month he won’t seek a fifth term in 2020, marking the end of a decades-long career in Congress and setting up a likely crowded open-seat race. 

Kansas Republicans fear that Roberts’ vacancy could allow Democrats to flip the seat.

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