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Flake Backs Down, Won’t Challenge Trump in 2020

The Arizona Republican who retired from the Senate at the start of the year confirmed that he would not mount a presidential primary challenge to Donald Trump.

By NTK Staff | 01.29.2019 @11:18am

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he decided against challenging President Donald Trump in a Republican primary in 2020 during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

Flake, who did not seek reelection to the Senate in 2018 after it became clear that his outspoken opposition to Trump would become a liability in the Republican primary, had openly flirted with the idea of taking on the president, whom Flake believes is betraying Republican and conservative values.

But that displeasure wasn’t enough to cause Flake to challenge the sitting president.

“I have always said that I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary,” Flake said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won’t be me. I will not be a candidate.”

“There really isn’t a path right now that I could see, certainly not unless you’re willing to be out there already, raising a lot of money and basically living on the road right now,” he said.

Flake also noted that the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) strong backing of Trump was an added hurdle that any candidate hoping to challenge him would have to overcome. On Friday, the RNC voted to give Trump its “undivided support” ahead of his 2020 reelection campaign.

Flake made other news on Tuesday, announcing he would become a CBS News contributor.

Flake will contribute to a new series for CBS News titled Common Ground, a series of stories that the network says are meant to “shine a light on opposing groups coming together.”

“Common ground might be dead in Washington, but it’s alive and well everywhere else – on city councils, in state legislatures, any kind of association or group, people find common ground. It just often doesn’t translate into something in Washington,” Flake said.

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