Corker Coy About Presidential Bid

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker might run for president.

Or he might not.

Tennessee’s junior senator, two years into his second term, spoke at a Lawrenceburg Chamber of Commerce event and acknowledged he entertains daydreams about being president of the United States. He said, though, that he won’t be making any hasty decisions about jumping in the 2016 race — and that his wife might ultimately end up with veto power on the matter.

A story by the Associated Press reported that Corker said “there are times when I do wish I could have the kind of impact and create the kind of change and have the kind of vision for our country” that he thinks “so many people here in Tennessee would like to see happen.”

And Corker told the Jackson Sun editorial board Wednesday afternoon that he “relishes” the presidential role, knowing the “huge difference” he could make as opposed to just being a U.S. senator.

Corker also told the Economics Club of Memphis something similar on Wednesday night — though he apparently added that while he’s indeed thinking about it, it isn’t an all-consuming ambition.

Like the Volunteer State’s other GOP Senator, former Gov. Lamar Alexander, Corker, who is the chief Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been criticized by Tea-Party conservatives for working too closely with liberal Democrats.

In addition to his efforts in the Senate on financial reform and the auto-industry bailouts — which earned him the moniker “Bailout Bob” — the former Chattanooga mayor has received national media and political attention for some of his proposals, including raising the gas tax, arming the Syrian rebels and taking a hardline stance against Russia over Ukraine.

If he does decide to make a bid for president, Corker would join a field of candidate that is speculated to also include such notable Republicans as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of George W. Bush, told a Florida NBC affiliate that he, too, is still weighing the pros and cons of a presidential run.