Pompeo denies plans for U.S. Senate ahead of Landon Lecture appearance

KMBZ News Staff
August 07, 2019 - 9:30 am

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will give a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University next month as the state's Republicans hope to convince him to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Pat Roberts.

Pompeo has said a run for the Senate is "off the table."

"Everyone knows Mike Pompeo is the grand slam candidate," said David Kensinger, GOP strategist and founder of Kensinger and Associates. "He could clear the Republican primary and win the general election easily."

Kansas Republicans are worried Senate candidate Kris Kobach will repeat his performance when he ran for governor by winning a narrow plurality in the 2018 primary, then losing to a Democrat in November.

Kensinger witnessed a startling consensus when he attended a recent Pachyderm Club gathering of the state's Republicans.

"They were almost unanimous -- they did not want to see (Kobach) as a Republican nominee again," Kensinger said. "They were universally disappointed, even disgusted, with the weak campaign he ran. They don't think he's learned anything and they think he's a loser as a Senate candidate."

Pompeo's Landon Lecture is Sept. 6 at McCain Auditorium in Manhattan. Before he was confirmed as Secretary of State in March 2018, Pompeo served a brief stint as director of the CIA.

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