Corker defends praise of Dem running for seat

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., insisted it was "too early to weigh in on who I might support" in 2020. What is unbelievable to me, George, is that the leadership of the [National] Republican Senatorial Committee would leak out this conversation purposely to the Washington Post to get you to ask me questions about this.

Corker said he wishes Trump would become more supportive of free-trade policies, in the spirit of the Republican Party mainstream.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker was notably lukewarm on Sunday in his endorsement of the fellow Republican running for his seat in Tennessee in November, saying he was supporting her but would not campaign against her Democratic opponent. Corker said among other things that he wouldn't campaign "against someone who I've been a friend with and worked with".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) later pulled Corker aside and told him his comments risked the party losing its thin majority in the chamber in November, according to The Washington Post.

CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed Corker Thursday and asked if Trump's got his vote now that he has announced his 2020 bid.

"He is my friend", Corker said of the candidate, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, to CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union". On a personal side I'm just not there'.

Corker commented on the race last Wednesday during a breakfast event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"I think most people in our state, it is a red state, will focus on the first vote she makes, and that's the vote to elect the majority leader, and I think at the end of the day that's gonna be a big factor in the race". "Look, I've sent the maximum contribution to the Republican nominee on our side".

Bash asked Corker directly why Blackburn was preferable to Bredesen, at which point the senator reached for the lamest justification he could find.

Bash noted that Corker's response didn't exactly constitute a "ringing endorsement".

"Well-" Corker hesitated a few seconds. "I have worked with the nominee for some time".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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