Alexander says he's 'staying out of' Corker re-elect choice

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., arrives as Republican senators gather to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander says he was disappointed when Sen. Bob Corker decided not to seek re-election and they have talked about his decision whether to reconsider. But Alexander claims he hasn't urged Corker to run again and is "staying out of it."

Alexander's comments to reporters Tuesday come as Corker's camp says he's "listening closely" to those encouraging him to reconsider.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign for Corker's seat has said anyone who thinks she can't win is a "plain sexist pig," saying they aren't worried about "these ego-driven, tired old men."

Asked about those comments, Alexander chuckled, saying he "just assumed they were talking about somebody else."

Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher recently left the race and encouraged Corker to re-enter, saying he can beat ex-Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.