published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker won't rule out presidential bid

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    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
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NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee still isn't ruling out running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

The Associated Press reported Corker made his latest comments in Lawrenceburg, south of Nashville, where the Chattanoogan spoke to a local Chamber of Commerce.

In a June interview with the Times Free Press, Corker took a similar position when pressed.

“You haven’t seen me in New Hampshire, You haven’t seen me in Iowa,” he said in the interview. “I wake up every day trying to do the best thing I can.”

But Corker, who is in line to become the Senate's next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the event of a GOP takeover of the chamber, refused to rule out a bid.

“We’ll just see what happens down the road,” the senator said. “It’s a total change for your family. It’s a total change in your life.”

The AP reported that Corker said Wednesday that any decision on running for president would wait until next year and noted his wife, Elizabeth, may be wary of the intense media attention that falls on families in a presidential race.

In the Times Free Press interview, Corker also refused to rule out running for governor of Tennessee in four years.

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