Corker ‘still contemplating’ run for another term

After a CNN report renewed speculation that he won’t seek reelection next year and a Politico report that suggested he may be targeted for defeat by Steve Bannon if he does, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today issued a statement saying he’s still undecided about whether to seek reelection to a third six-year term.

The statement:

“After spending a lifetime in business, I ran for mayor of Chattanooga as a civic endeavor, and I continue to do what I do because I wholeheartedly believe in public service. That approach allows me to truly throw myself into the job and make decisions based on what I believe is best for Tennessee and our country without thinking about the next election or the next potential opportunity.

“It is a tremendous privilege to serve Tennesseans in the Senate and much work lies ahead, including passing tax reform, strengthening our national security and getting spending under control, but I think everyone in the Volunteer State knows, as they did in 2012, that running for re-election has never been an automatic for me.

“While we are in a strong position, I am still contemplating the future and will make a decision at the appropriate time.”

That somewhat echoes Corker’s comments to CNN, which quoted a “source familiar with Corker’s thinking” as saying he is “legitimately torn” about seeking reelection. Corker himself told CNN he is “still contemplating the future….  I have not decided what I’m going to do in the future.”

The cable TV network also said Corker “appeared to confirm” President Donald Trump’s claim in a recent tweet that the Tennessee senator has been asking him about whether to seek another term.

Asked if he had spoken with the President about his election plans, Corker said he believed the topic came up when they played golf together.

“Oh, I mean, I talk to the President about almost everything,” Corker said. “We spend a lot of time together. We play golf. We, you know, they talked to me about being potentially vice president, secretary of state, so I’ve had multiple conversations about the future with lots of people. So, I’m sure when we played golf, the topic came up.”

Note: Previous post on Corker as a potential target of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon is HERE.

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