Sasse says odds of 2020 run are low

Sasse says odds of 2020 run are low
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE (R-Neb.) on Sunday said it is unlikely that he will launch a primary challenge against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE in 2020, claiming the "odds are a lot higher that I run for the noxious weed control board of Dodge County, Neb., than that."

"I lived on a campaign bus for a year, 16 months, five years ago and in my mind, I still have flashbacks of a lot of kid puke on the floor of a bus," Sasse quipped on CNN's "State of the Union."

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"For me, I don’t really think a lot about what job I have," he added. "I think a lot about the country’s challenges and what we should be focused on. I’m pretty happy living in Nebraska and going to D.C. five days a week trying to serve the best I can." 

But CNN's Jake Tapper pressed Sasse toward a more definitive response, saying that the GOP senator was not saying the possibility is "zero percent," prompting Sasse to dodge the question again.

"Jake, I think right now we spend way too much time talking about campaigning in this country and way too little time talking about governing," Sasse replied.

Sasse in recent days has admitted that he regularly thinks about leaving the GOP, raising speculation that he might run against Trump as an independent candidate. 

The Nebraska senator on Sunday said he thinks about exiting the Republican Party "every morning when I wake up," denouncing both parties for promoting negative messages. 

"The main thing Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump, and the main thing the Republicans are for is being anti-Democrat and anti-CNN and neither of these things are really worth getting out of bed in the morning for," Sasse said.