WASHINGTON — 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."
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 retired from the Senate this month. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Flake announced he will contribute to a new series called "Common Ground" on CBS This Morning.
Flake was a U.S. senator from Arizona from 2013 to 2019. Previously, he represented Arizona's 6th Congressional District in the House.