Pompeo says he does not want to run for Senate

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been long-rumored to be a potential candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Some reports even had him leaving the administration within the next few months to go make a run.

But he seems to have quieted down those rumors — at least for now.

“It’s my intention to stay here and continue to serve as President Trump’s secretary of State,” Pompeo said.

“I’ve watched my life take turns that one would never have expected, but it’s not something I want to do,” he continued. “I want to stay here and continue to perform the mission that I’m serving President Trump and I hope doing a good turn for the American people as well.”

Pompeo clearly left things open for him to run. But at the same time, it’s now far less clear than it seemed to be that he would run

Pompeo is seen as one of Trump’s biggest and most loyal supporters, so it would be a big loss for Trump if Pompeo left as Secretary of State. On the other hand, he would be in a shoe-in for the Senate seat, in a state (Kansas) where it’s easy to elect a Republican, but hard to elect a conservative Republican, due to a liberal elite party apparatus.

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