On Friday, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he has not “ruled out” the prospect of running against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, reports The Hill.
An Overview of the Potential for ‘Flake 2020’
During talks with the press, Flake announced that he has not fully decided whether or not to seek the White House in the 2020 election.
“I’ve not ruled it out. I’ve not ruled it in. Just, somebody needs to run.”
The Arizona senator then added that Sen. Ben Nasse and Ohio Governor John Kasich could serve as potential contenders against the president. Shortly thereafter, Flake touched upon what he believes is needed to preserve the “relevance” of the Republican Party.
“I hope somebody does just remind people what it means to be conservative and what it means to be decent. We’ve got to bring that back. If we’re going to be a relevant party in the future then we’ve got to be a decent party.”
Flake also denounced the current state of political acrimony in the nation. He went on to condemn the notion of “whipping up the base for a cycle or two.” Finally, the Arizona senator stated that “anger and resentment” cannot serve as “governing philosophies.”
President Trump and Jeff Flake have publicly criticized one another on multiple occasions. Flake is one of multiple Republicans who has censured some of the president’s policies and rhetoric since his election.
Possibilities for the 2020 Presidential Election
With the passing of the midterms comes a new spotlight on prospects for the 2020 election. Democrats are in search of the candidate who they believe will be able to defeat the president. Meanwhile, President Trump has already announced that he will seek re-election. As the 2020 election approaches, there are talks about potential Republicans who may oppose the president.
With 2020 around the corner, Democrats are coming forth with various potential contenders. Names such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and even Hillary Clinton have made headlines as possible Trump opponents. However, recent reports have indicated that older Democrats may serve as a liability to the party in the long run.
President Trump has yet to publicly comment on the possibility of Flake running against him in 2020.