Corker mum on future plans, but doesn't rule out gov's race

Corker mum on future plans, but doesn't rule out gov's race

September 27th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Tennessee

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chats with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Corker, a two-term senator, announced today that he will not run for re-election in 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Sen. Bob Corker is giving few hints on his political future after he leaves the U.S. Senate, but he appears to be leaving the door slightly ajar on a potential run for Tennessee governor next year.

Corker told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday that he plans to "serve in some capacity," but that he's not actively pursuing any other office at the moment.

There is already a field of five major Republican candidates looking to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam, and Corker acknowledged that the best time to get into the governor's race would likely have been a year ago.

But Corker says there is still a lot of time before his term is over and that "who knows what might happen."