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Corker reconsidering retirement: reports

September 27, 2020 | News | No Comments

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Trump asserts his power over Republicans Romney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force MORE (R-Tenn.) is reconsidering his decision to retire from the Senate, according to Monday reports from CNN and Politico.

Republicans are reportedly concerned that Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police GOP senators dodge on treatment of White House protesters Five things to know about Trump’s legal power under the Insurrection Act MORE (Tenn.), the current Republican favorite in Tennessee’s Senate race, would not be able to win the general election. 


CNN reports that Corker has talked with Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderState, city education officials press Congress for more COVID-19 funds Hillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Republicans prepare to punt on next COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op MORE (R-S.C.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.), about the matter. 

It is unclear if Corker initiated the discussions. 

The Hill has reached out to Corker’s office for comment. 

Blackburn’s campaign spokeswoman told Politico that the congresswoman would not be leaving the race. 

“It’s well past time for the good old boys’ club in Washington, D.C., to quit thinking they know who the best candidate and conservative leader is for Tennessee families,” Andrea Bozek said. 

Corker, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced his retirement in September. 

He has notably clashed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on multiple occasions, including in October after Trump tweeted that the senator had “begged” him for his endorsement and that Trump declined. 

Corker fired back, saying the White House has become “an adult day care center” tasked with monitoring and containing the president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to comment on the reports during her press briefing on Monday.

“We haven’t had that conversation about Sen. Corker’s plans. As always, I can’t weigh in on the specifics of the potential of a race but I would have to talk to the president before making a comment,” she said. 

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