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Corker Not Ruling Out Future Presidential Run

April 21, 2011

It's not going to happen in 2012, but could Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) be eying a presidential run further run down the road? "Maybe someday. But it's just not on my plate," he told the Nashville Tennessean's editorial board. More from Corker on what he would bring to the table as a national candidate:

"Do I think that I have a vision for our country that would be one the American people would support? Yes. Do I think I have the ability to lead and be an executive and to get good people that you could trust, but then also really drill down on the things that matter? Yes. Am I gifted with a lot of rhetorical flair? Not really."

Corker also weighed in on his executive mindset, and what his own Senate reelection plans once looked like:

"I am very frustrated and I am an executive and I know that I'm an executive in a legislative body. ... I just don't have the fire in the belly to do that (run for president). I don't right now. This August, I came that close to not running for the Senate. You've got to start thinking about running for the Senate early. I'm 58 years-old. You run for two years, and if you're elected you serve for six, so it's an eight-year decision," he noted.

Corker came to the Senate from a business background, and he sounds like someone who would put heavy emphasis on his executive chops if, down the road, he were to run for higher office. The first term senator was the only Republican freshman in the Senate following the 2006 wave election that brought Democrats control of both chambers of Congress.

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