The next round of redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census will change the size of many congressional delegations and ultimately result in a new 2024 electoral map.
Wichita Eagle: “He’s ruled out a U.S. Senate run in 2020. But on the eve of Pompeo’s first official visit to Kansas since his meteoric rise from congressman to secretary of state, the Wichita Republican propped open the door to a political future in his home state.”
Said Pompeo: “I try to just avoid ruling things out when there’s others who are in control. The Lord will get me to the right place.”
“Republicans in the state think that means one of two things — a bid for Senate or the governor’s mansion in 2022. That is, if Pompeo doesn’t decide to run for president in 2024 instead.”
“Nikki Haley (R) is meticulously laying the foundation for a presidential bid in 2024, forming a nonprofit organization to sustain her political-rock-star profile while she builds a financial nest egg so her family can afford her political ambitions,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Party insiders keeping tabs on Haley say the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wouldn’t challenge her old boss, President Trump, in the 2020 primary. But the dynamic ex-South Carolina governor, just 47, is expected to mount a campaign four years later. With a coterie of advisers, Haley is choosing each step to maximize her notoriety and chart a course to the White House.”
Washington Post: “She insists she is not planning that far ahead, even as her range of activities suggest she is keeping her options open.”
“The organization’s initial list of subjects reflects Haley’s conservative worldview and political instincts, while its website features photographs of Haley traveling the world as U.N. ambassador and taking questions in the White House briefing room. The group’s policy positions mostly align with Trump’s, while also bearing echoes of traditional Republican views that have taken a back seat during the populist-flavored Trump era. She is tougher rhetorically on Russia than her former boss usually is and says she disagrees with Trump’s preference for punitive tariffs as a negotiating tactic in trade disputes.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he isn’t ruling out a presidential run in 2024, adding that he would only do it if he could “see a pathway to victory,” Politico reports.
Said Christie: “Yeah, listen, why not? I’m 56 years old, so you have to see… I’m not someone who wants to do it just to go through the exercise. But if I saw a pathway to victory and a way to make a difference, I certainly would consider it.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that he does not have any plans to run for president in the coming years, the Weekly Standard reports.
Said Ryan: “I’ve thought about it, and I’ve decided not to do it. I like myself too much. You never say never to things like that, but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to think about it, to look at it, and I’ve always chosen not to do it.”
He added: “I really, really do not have it in my mind, and for sure not while my kids are at home. And they’re home for the next five years. I’ll be a has-been by then.”
Wichita Eagle: “The beige-and-white storage units in Wichita – as well as nearly $1 million earning interest in Pompeo’s still-active campaign account – serve as a reminder that the former Kansas businessman may have powered down his political machine, but he’s keeping it tuned and ready for a potential future run.”
“To those back in Kansas who’ve monitored Pompeo’s political career, the question isn’t whether he will run again for elected office but when and for which one.”
“A polling firm has been calling Iowa Republican voters to test Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s name recognition for a possible presidential run, presumably in 2024,” the Des Moines Register reports.
“This shows that the White House sweepstakes has started very early, and that Zinke is known in D.C. as somebody with White House ambitions.”