Republican Jeff Flake Says He Won’t Challenge Trump In 2020


Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he hopes a Republican will challenge President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, but it won’t be him.

Flake, who did not seek re-election in 2018, frequently tangled with Trump and often said he hoped a Republican would challenge Trump in 2020. Flake told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday “that somebody won’t be me. I will not be a candidate.”

Flake retired this month and is now a CBS News contributor. He says that it’s “a difficult path” for any Republican to challenge Trump in a primary but that he still hopes someone will do so.

Flake was a U.S. senator from Arizona from 2013 to 2019. Previously, he represented Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the House.



  1. A Republican primary challenge will accomplish nothing. A third party might work if it is truely a fusion of dissidents from both parties, and assuming that the Democrats pick a socialist.

  2. He retired because he didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of winning his senate seat again and that’s the same reason he won’t run against Trump in 2020.