Flake doesn't rule out challenging Trump in 2020

Flake doesn't rule out challenging Trump in 2020
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“It’s not in my plans but I have not ruled anything out,” Flake said on NBC's “Meet The Press” of running for president in 2020.

 

“I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side other than the president, if nothing else than simply to remind Republicans what conservatism is and what Republicans have traditionally stood for,” he added.

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Flake, 55, said if he were to run for president he would do so as a Republican because he “can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Flake announced he would retire from the Senate last year as it became clear his path to reelection was uncertain. Flake's feuding with Trump had led to primary challenges in his own reelection race from the right.

Since announcing his retirement, Flake has, if anything, become an even more vocal critic of Trump.

He said in a commencement address at Harvard Law School last week that Trump has “debased" the presidency with his "bottomless appetite for destruction and degradation."

Anyone mounting a challenge to Trump in a GOP primary would face significant obstacles. Nonetheless, speculation that Trump will see a challenge from his own party has run rampant, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich often mentioned as another possible candidate.