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 has come forward, acknowledged the rumors, and put them to rest — at least for now.
During an interview Monday on Fox News, Pompeo said that running for the open Senate seat is “not something” he wants to do even though he loves it back home.
“It’s my intention to stay here and continue to serve as President Trump’s secretary of State,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo, who represented Kansas’ 4th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017, says he’ll serve as secretary of state as long as Trump wants him to.
“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.”
Despite the rumors and urgings by fellow Republicans, Pompeo seems to have made it pretty clear that he will not run for a Senate seat in Kansas.
White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that Pompeo recently confirmed to him that he will not seek a Senate seat that is up for grabs in Kansas.
“I spoke with him about this two nights ago,” O’Brien said. “He said he’s not running for Senate. He said he’s staying as secretary of state.”
O’Brien went on to praise Pompeo – saying that he enjoys working with the former Kansas congressman and called him a “fantastic secretary of state.”
“He was one of the president’s best picks for the cabinet,” O’Brien added.
Rumors have circulated for a while that Pompeo would step down from his role in the State Department to run for a Senate seat in 2020 in Kansas.
At the moment, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads the polls in the state’s GOP primary, but Pompeo would be expected to be the frontrunner should he enter the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts.
Speculation is mounting because Pompeo would be a huge asset in either role — secretary of state or in the U.S. Senate.
Pompeo is seen as one of Trump’s biggest and most loyal supporters, so some would view it as 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 Kansas given the state is heavily Republican.
Some have speculated that Republicans are looking for a solid candidate to run for the Senate seat to ensure that Democrats do not win it.
With House Democrats trying to remove the president over everything, it’s crucial that Republicans maintain control of the Senate to ensure the president has a fair shot against all of these witch hunts.