WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Sasse, who has at times criticized the style and substance of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday it was unlikely the president would face a strong primary challenger in 2020.
The Republican senator from Nebraska said that was because Trump "has captured the majority of the Republican Party over the course of the last two years. The Republican Party electorate is pretty comfortable with the 'anti' positions that President Trump takes on a lot of issues."
Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon, Sasse also said it was unlikely he could see himself making a run for the White House.
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"I honestly spent 16 months cleaning up then-2-year-old baby vomit off the floor of a campaign bus, and the thought of doing that in 50 states instead of just 93 counties sounds absolutely terrible," Sasse said. "So I think noxious weed control board of Dodge County, Nebraska, is the far more probable scenario for me."
He also said he was intentionally not thinking about whether to run for the Senate again in two years.
"We said for the first four years of my six-year term, we would act like I'm never running for anything again, and we're going to have a big family meeting — my wife and I will have an extended date in July to August of 2019 and think what future callings we think we have," Sasse said. "Right now, I have the two best callings, which is to raise three little kids on the road back and forth, and getting to serve the people of Nebraska."