Aide rejects talk of Sen. Alexander not running in 2020, rumor of Peyton Manning trying to succeed him

NASHVILLE - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's top aide as well as a long-time Alexander political adviser are pushing back against talk the senator won't run for a fourth term in 2020 amid speculation that retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning might seek to succeed him.

Politico's Thursday "Playback" section, which rounds up news and political items, raised the issue about Alexander retiring as well as speculation about the political future of Manning, a former University of Tennessee football star quarterback and two-time NFL Super Bowl champion.

photo Tennessee's senior senator Lamar Alexander visited the Chattanooga Times Free Press for a conversation with the newspaper's editorial board. Senator Alexander discussed such topics as solar power and overtime pay issues.