Sports radio host and ESPN critic mulls Senate run in Tennessee

Sports radio host and ESPN critic mulls Senate run in Tennessee
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Sports radio host Clay Travis said Wednesday he will consider running for Senate in Tennessee as an independent if incumbent Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials McConnell calls for Senate hearings on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Tenn.) does not seek reelection in 2018.

“I think I could get elected,” Travis said on his Fox Sports radio show “Outkick the Coverage.”

“There has to be no incumbent and Peyton Manning has to not run. Other than that I think I could beat anyone in the state,” he added, referring to the NFL legend, who played football at the University of Tennessee.

Travis’s national profile has increased dramatically in recent days. He has long been a critic of ESPN, alleging that the sports cable network has been infusing its coverage with left-wing politics.

That thrust him onto the national stage last week after ESPN anchor Jemele Hill was rebuked by the White House for calling President Trump a white supremacist.

Travis was a go-to pundit for the controversy and received further coverage after saying on CNN that the only things he believes in are “the First Amendment and boobs.”

Corker has not said yet whether he will seek reelection. If he does, pro-Trump outside groups and allies of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon have said they'll be looking to recruit a primary challenger to run against him.

“If you went and walked around with me at a [University of Tennessee football] tailgate, let’s say next week when they’re playing Georgia next weekend, if I went around with a camera crew … we’d have 100 percent name recognition of people under the age of 50,” Travis said. “It’s positive name recognition … if you walked around with a camera, we’d make the Democrats and Republicans both incredibly nervous. They’d kill to have the recognition in the state. I think I could win as an independent.”

Travis has said he voted for former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE twice. Still, he has been embraced on the right, where many share his view that ESPN has tacked hard to the left.

He said he might not run because he makes more money as a sports radio host than he would as a senator. If elected, Travis said that he’d want to continue on as a sports radio host but that there might be laws preventing him from doing so.

- Updated at 4:50 p.m.