Jeff Flake Rules Out 2020 Run, Signs Deal With CBS News

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Former Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake announced Tuesday morning that he would not run for President in 2020.

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

Flake also added that he signed on with CBS News to be a contributor.

Flake, who retired from the Senate earlier this month, is a frequent critic of President Trump and had been floated as a possible 2020 contender to challenge the president for the Republican Party nomination.

“It’s a difficult path anyway. The [Republican National Committee] and the president’s campaign are now melded, they’re trying to do everything they can to squelch any opposition,” Flake said.

“I still hope that some, and some are still talking about it, do run, I think that that’s healthy and I’m not a fan of this president. But that won’t be me,” he added. 

Among those rumored to be discussing a primary challenge are Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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