Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has been a name mentioned as a potential vice-presidential running mate for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
In fact, even Trump himself touted his planned all day meeting with Corker on Twitter, bragging on Tuesday that Senator Corker would be campaigning with him all day in North Carolina.
Looking forward to meeting with @SenBobCorker in a little while. We will be traveling to North Carolina together today.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
Any speculation that Corker would potentially become Trump’s running mate was put to rest, however, by Corker himself. He announced that he informed Donald Trump on Tuesday that he was not interested in the position, as reported by the Washington Post.
Corker said that he informed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of his decision during their day together on Tuesday, when the senator had a series of meetings with campaign officials in New York and then flew with Trump to an evening rally in North Carolina.
“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker said in an extensive phone interview where he repeatedly praised Trump and said he is eager to serve as an informal adviser to the candidate.
As they sat close together on Trump’s Boeing 757, Corker recalled telling Trump about how he’s more policy-oriented than political and how even though he has become friendly with Trump, he did not feel comfortable stepping fully into the role of political attack dog or rousing speechmaker.
Corker added that at the age of 63, he understands his strengths. Reflection on what he perceives to be his strengths factored into his decision to take himself out of the running.
“It’s a highly political job, and that’s not who I am. We had a very open conversation about that, and actually, we have been very candid about it from the very beginning of our meetings. I left there feeling very good about him as a person but also realized that at age 63, I know the things I’m good at doing. And knowing what a candidate for vice president has to do, it’s just not the right thing for me, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for them.”
Senator Corker maintains that he still has the utmost respect for Donald Trump and expects Trump to make his VP announcement a few days before the convention. Potential candidates who are believed to be in the running are Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, Joni Ernst, and Mike Pence.