Elections

‘Never Trumper’ Ben Sasse Refuses to Rule Out 2020 Primary Challenge

Lots of speculation about Vice President Mike Pence is being bantered about this week given his fundraising of late.

But that speculation is quickly being upstaged by rumors that President Trump could be primaried by leading ‘Never Trumper’ Sen. Ben Sasse.

Sasse was one of the first and most prominent elected officials to declared during the primary season last year that he refused to support Trump for president.

And after failing to answer questions about his plans for 2020, Sasse made a trip to Iowa, ostensibly for personal reasons.

But that trip is being seen as potential groundwork for a challenge to Trump for the GOP nomination, which will get underway just after next year’s midterm elections.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

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After refusing to rule out a potential 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump, “Never Trump” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) spoke to about 200 Republicans in Story County, Iowa on Friday evening.

Sasse’s excuse was that he was in Iowa because he lost a college football bet and his kids were participating in a triathlon this weekend in the state.

In an interview before his Iowa trip, the insufferable and sanctimonious Sasse would not rule out a potential 2020 presidential run. When CNN asked about his potential presidential ambitions on Sunday, Sasse punted in a way that would have made the late Sam Foltz proud.

According to a McClatchy report, though, Trump still “remains so strong in conservative corners of Trump-friendly states, including Iowa, that party leaders, operatives and grassroots activists say there is no serious on-the-ground discussion of a 2020 challenge at this point.” Many who attended the dinner expressed similar sentiments to local Iowa reporters.

On the record, David Kochel, who was Jeb Bush’s top strategist in 2016 and is described as a “veteran Iowa operative,” told McClatchy that there was no “wholesale movement to look for a candidate in 2020” in Iowa. A “veteran Iowa Republican operative” was then quoted later in the piece saying “for every Iowa Republican that was cheering Jeff Kaufmann’s statements in Cedar Rapids two weeks ago, there’s another Republican who’s very quietly interested in what Ben Sasse has to say.”

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