Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has not crossed a presidential run off his to-do list just yet.
On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Flake suggested to host Chuck Todd that he might be open to considering it.
“It’s not in my plans, but I’ve not ruled anything out,” Flake said.
While the senator doesn’t know yet if he wants to run, he does know he wants another Republican on the ticket come 2020 to stand up to the incumbent.
“I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side other than the president if nothing else simply to remind Republicans what Conservatism is and what Republicans have traditionally stood for,” Flake told Todd. “I hope that that happens.”
Asked whether he’d run as a Republican candidate if he decides to take the plunge, Flake said he doesn’t think he’d have it any other way.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” he said.
Aside from hinting at his hopes for 2020, Flake also expressed during the interview that there is great concern among his party members about President Donald Trump‘s behavior. Flake was troubled by Trump’s use of Spygate as a political “diversion tactic” as well as the possibility of backlash for the Russia probe against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Behind closed doors, Flake said there is serious alarm among his colleagues.
Watch the clip above, via NBC.
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