The top U.S. diplomat and former CIA director, who served as a congressman in Kansas’s 4th district from 2011-2017, has until June to enter the race.
Pompeo has given mixed signals about his intentions. In a July interview with David Rubenstein at the Economic Club of Washington, he said: ‘It’s off the table. As a practical matter, I’m going to serve as secretary of state every day that I get the chance to do so.’
But asked earlier in the month about running for the Senate, Pompeo told KCMO Radio — which broadcasts in Kansas — that ‘I always need to be open to the possibility that something will change and my path in life will change too.’ …
As he weighs his decision, Pompeo has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republican leaders who are anxious that a Democratic candidate could claim the seat that will open with fellow Republican Pat Roberts’s retirement.