Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) mused that he'll run for president "maybe someday."

Corker told The Tennessean that he almost decided last August against seeking another term in 2012, citing his frustration with the Senate and its frequently glacial pace.


"I am very frustrated and I am an executive and I know that I’m an executive in a legislative body," Corker told the paper.

"This August, I came that close to not running for the Senate," he added, calling it a "tough, tough call" to seek a second term.

Corker came to the Senate in 2006 as the lone Republican freshman that year, following the party's massive losses in those midterm contests. Corker beat Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D) in a hard-fought campaign, and has since distinguished himself on a number of financial issues.

Corker particularly took leading roles in negotiating the auto bailouts for GM and Chrysler and on Wall Street reform, though the ruling Democrats neither time adopted his final position.

The junior Tennessee senator said that his more executive style could lead him to running for president in 2016, though he said it wasn't really something that registered for him.

“Maybe someday,” Corker said. “But it’s just not on my plate.”

Corker said he thought he had the vision and leadership ability that would make him a capable president, but not much of the "rhetorical flair" usually demanded of candidates.

"I probably have some assets and some deficiencies but right now my horizon is the next 60 days and trying to get this debt thing done," he explained.