Corker comment featured in Senate ad – for North Dakota Democrat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker has caused a lot of heartburn for Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign for his lukewarm endorsement of her bid to succeed him and for his refusal to saying he won’t campaign against his old friend Phil Bredesen in the race. Now some other Corker comments are appearing in another Democrat’s campaign ads in North Dakota.

The ad for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) cites statements made about her by Republican colleagues, highlighted by one made by Corker in 2013 that she was “stronger than battery acid.”

“When it comes to fighting for North Dakota, I take battery acid as a compliment,” Heitkamp says in the ad.

The quote is from an article in American Banker, in which Corker discussed the freshman senator’s passion on the Senate Banking Committee, saying:  “She is, to use an adage back in Tennessee, stronger than battery acid.”

The full article is posted on Heitkamp’s website. Other Corker comments include:

“I’m a major fan,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who publicly praised Heitkamp as “stronger than battery acid” for her work and support on his bill to reform the government-sponsored enterprises.

In an interview, he cited both her knowledge and “her strength of commitment.”

“When we’ve had people try to take potshots at [the bill] she’s one of the first to show the strength that I feel senators should show when they are advocating a position. It’s candidly very enjoyable to watch her when something like that is occurring.”

Corker said he’s been struck by her ability to dive into the specifics of the bill.

“I could not be more impressed with the way she knows the details and gets into the issues that matter on this piece of legislation,” he said. “So many senators up here rely in many cases on their staff to really do the heavy lifting … She has taken it upon herself to master the details and understand the nuance and that has had a big impact on the outcome of where this legislation is.”

13 Responses to Corker comment featured in Senate ad – for North Dakota Democrat

  • John W Niven Jr says:

    Why does he insist on self-destructing ?

  • William Upton says:

    Republicans won’t kiss his a** so he’s trying the other side and doing as much damage to Repubs as he can. The fact that he’s an insincere narcissist shouldn’t surprise any of us.

  • Steve L. says:

    He is horrible. We elected him (shame on us). The Republican Party in Tennessee has had no greater failure in recent memory…. except for Sundquist… and Haslam… and Alexander. Never mind. They have delivered a string of liberal Republican candidates that have caused the true Conservatives of this state much pain. Do the party leaders in this state take responsibility? Or are they proud? I do take consolation that Illinois has worse problems with its Republican Party leadership.

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    HELL, Blackburn if you can’t take the HEAT GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

  • Bob Fischer says:

    It’s good to see a Senator working on issues that actually benefit their constituents. It’s time Tennessee had some representatives fighting for our issues in Washington! Phil Bredeson will do just that. He is more than empty rhetoric and a child-like name caller. Look at his record and ask yourself if Tennessee was in more capable hands under his watch, or the present watch.

  • John W Niven Jr says:

    Wake up, Bob. Bredesen will be a completely different animal once Chuck Schumer reminds him HE put him there. He won’t have a bully pulpit like he did when Governor. He will carry Schumer’s water or he won’t be appointed to the bathroom committee.

    • Bob Fischer says:

      You don’t know what he’ll do and conservative have been so consistently wrong on virtually every issue over the last fifty years that the smart money is on betting against whatever baseless fear you’re predicting.

      • William Upton says:

        Yes Bob, I do know what he’ll do. He’ll do exactly what John just said, vote the way Shumer tells him to vote and toe the Democrat line.

        • Bob Fischer says:

          Schumer and McConnell are both on their way out. There’s a third senatorial group forming that is bi-partisan and planning on caucusing by issue. Bredeson is by far the best choice to send to the Senate. This liberal/conservative abstract crap is ignorant. Tennessee needs a Senator smart and strong enough to vote the best interests of Tennessee citizens. Blackburn is bought and paid for and will be lead around like livestock with a ring in her nose at the county fair. That woman has yet to vote for the best interest of Tennesseans. We don’t need someone to represent the pharmaceutical and telecom industries, we need Bredeson to represent the citizens of this state.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    I see nothing wrong with politicians who put issues first and party second. It’s kind of refreshing — sort of like the old days.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      During 2013-2014 session of congress Heidi voted liberal 95% of the time. During 2015-2016 she voted liberal 91% of the time and during the current session of congress she’s really tried to clean up her act by voting liberal only 83% of the time. She puts left wing ideology first which is exactly like Bredesen will behave if the voters buy that “moderate” nonsense he’s selling when he doesn’t have to worry about a conservative Tennessee legislature or re-election. Just because a Democrat represents a state that usually votes Republican does not make him/her a “moderate.”

      • Bob Fischer says:

        Once again, you offer no specifics. I looked up her voting record. Heitkamp voted against raising the deficit. Blackburn voted for raising the deficit. At least from a fiscal standpoint, Heidi is the more conservative , fiscally, of the two.

    • William Upton says:

      If only there were politicians who would do that.

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