GOP Challengers aim to replace Trump in 2020

The New York Times reported that Cotton and Sasse both visited Iowa this year, and that Kasich is planning a visit to New Hampshire.
By Mae Owen | Aug 07, 2017
President Trump's rocky first six months in office have many GOP leaders already worried that Trump won't make it to another term, and a few hopefuls are gearing up to be his replacement. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), and Ohio Governor John Kasich have all formed exploratory committees and begun hosting meet-and-greets at key campaign venues around the country.
The New York Times reported that Cotton and Sasse both visited Iowa this year, and that Kasich is planning a visit to New Hampshire. Neither have said explicitly that they want to challenge Trump, but even some GOP fellow GOP lawmakers suggest that they may be quietly entertaining the possibility.

"They see weakness in this president," said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. "Look, it's not a nice business we're in."

Even Vice-President Mike Pence might be testing the waters, according to the New York Times, which notes that he formed his own political action committee, the Great America Committee, in May. Pence insists that he is not planning to run and that his PAC is going to help GOP candidates across the board.

Pence advisors have indicated, however, that Pence would run if Trump decided not to seek another term. And Trump political advisor Roger Stone pointed out that no vice-president has ever before formed a PAC in the first six months of his president's tenure.

Kasich, on the other hand, told associates that he might run again even if Trump seeks another term. Meantime, he is planning policy forums on health care and other national issues around the country.

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