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 PompeoUS sanctions Venezuelan bank after Guaidó aide's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference 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 RobertsPompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office' Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo 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 McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 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.

Democrat Laura Kelly won the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election and Republican incumbent Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderKansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation Yoder, Messer land on K Street MORE lost his House race to Democrat Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsFirst Native American Congresswoman presides over House Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Trump gets dose of new political reality at State of the Union MORE.