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Jeff Flake Tamps Down Speculation Over Presidential Run: ‘I Don’t Think That Will Be Me’

Amid speculation over the possibility of his presidential run, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) dismissed the talk on Sunday, calling upon “somebody” to take the lead, and deflecting attention away from himself.

In a State of the Union interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Flake said it was time for a serious Republican to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

“I’ve said all along that somebody needs to run on the Republican side, if nothing else, to remind Republicans what it means to be conservative, what being a conservative really means and what it means to be decent as well,” he said. “I think that the future of the party is with people with an optimistic vision moving ahead. I don’t think that will be me. I think there are better candidates out there. But somebody needs to run.”

Pushed to throw some potential names into the ring, Flake suggested Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).

“I’m not speaking for him,” Flake clarified. “Obviously I’d love to see Ben run. John Kasich has put some things in motion. I think there will be somebody. There needs to be somebody. And I’ve been to New Hampshire a few times. It’s a great place to be in the fall. I’m not sure about the wintertime. But, anyway, somebody needs to run.”

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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