Bob Corker

Bredesen talks often with Corker and ‘we’ve been friends a long time’

Democrat Phil Bredesen says he has often talked with Republican Bob Corker about the U.S. Senate and regards the departing incumbent as a friend, reports The Tennessean.

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Corker sticks with decision against seeking reelection

Sen. Bob Corker has decided to stick with his decision not to seek reelection this year. The decision, which follows a period of reported reconsideration, was initially reported by Politico. Reax from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for the Republican nomination to succeed him, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Democrat Phil Bredesen’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee follow below.

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Blackburn sticks to ‘consistent’ message

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn speaks to MSNBC on Feb. 24, 2018.

MSNBC ran a takeout on the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee over the weekend, with reporter Vaughn Hillyard pulling Rep. Marsha Blackburn aside to ask her about a potential Republican primary match-up with incumbent Sen. Bob Corker should he decide to get in. Here is a transcript of the, er, consistent answers that Blackburn gave.

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Anti-Blackburn PAC announces itself

A new poltical action committee called Smoky Mountain Values PAC has been launched to oppose Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

“We’ve been shocked to see today’s Tennessee Republican Party shred that proud tradition by inching closer and closer to nominating someone as extreme as Marsha Blackburn as their candidate for the U.S. Senate,” the group’s co-founder Kyle Tharp said in a release.

Other than saying that some of the organizers no longer live on Tennessee, there’s little hint of who’s behind the PAC.

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GOP joshing: When Bob Corker, Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black broke heaven’s rules…

Excerpt from Jackson Baker’s report on “some interesting deviations in party harmony” at the Shelby County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day event Saturday:

A couple of them came from the event’s keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who told an odd joke that was probably meant affectionately but came off, no doubt inadvertently, as seeming to be at the expense of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who had introduced him and whom Scott had acknowledged to be a friend.

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Corker remains coy about Senate plans in Memphis

What have we learned about Sen. Bob Corker’s potential un-retirement plans this weekend? Not much.

As expected, Corker did not attend a Friday evening GOP event in Williamson County (significant because it was the state’s only county not to vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential primary). But he did go to the Lincoln Day dinner in Memphis, where he shared some awkward moments with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn beforehand but didn’t say anything in the way of revealing his plans.

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Blackburn hails TN ‘red wall’ against Democrats, declares U.S. Senate broken

Without actually mentioning Bob Corker by name, Marsha Blackburn got in some digs at the incumbent senator in a speech to Republicans in her home county Friday, reports The Tennessean.

“I know that the U.S. Senate is a source of frustration. It’s broken,” Blackburn told members of the Williamson County Republican Party at its annual Reagan Day dinner. “You cannot send people to the Senate who have broken it to try to fix it.”

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Alexander, Corker back bill aimed at strengthening gun background checks

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are co-sponsors of legislation intended to strengthen background checks for gun buyers and a White House spokeswoman says President Trump, while not endorsing a specific proposal, “is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system.”

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Fincher drops out of Senate race, urges Corker to get back in

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher (Image credit: Fincher campaign)

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher (Image credit: Fincher campaign)

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, the gospel signing farmer from Frog Jump, is dropping out of the U.S. Senate race and urging incumbent Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider his decision not to seek a third term.

“My campaign has always been about what’s best for Tennessee,” Fincher said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “Tennessee families need a strong conservative voice in the Senate, someone who will stand with President Trump and lead the Republican Party forward.

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Poll finds 64 percent of TN GOP voters want Corker to retire

A poll of likely Tennessee Republican primary voters, commissioned by the Senate Conservatives Fund, found 64 percent want Bob Corker to retire from the U.S. Senate while 24 percent said he should run for reelection with 12 percent undecided, according to Breitbart News.

The poll also found that Blackburn – who has been endorsed by SCF – would be strongly favored to defeat Corker and U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher a hypothetical three-way Republican U.S. Senate  The results: 49 percent for Blackburn, 26 percent for Corker and 9 percent for Fincher.

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