Corker reconsidering retirement: reports

Corker reconsidering retirement: reports
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerJeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' MORE (R-Tenn.) is reconsidering his decision to retire from the Senate, according to Monday reports from CNN and Politico.

Republicans are reportedly concerned that Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity MORE (Tenn.), the current Republican favorite in Tennessee's Senate race, would not be able to win the general election. 


CNN reports that Corker has talked with Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-S.C.), as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions What if 2020 election is disputed? Immigration bills move forward amid political upheaval MORE (R-Ky.), about the matter. 

It is unclear if Corker initiated the discussions. 

The Hill has reached out to Corker's office for comment. 

Blackburn's campaign spokeswoman told Politico that the congresswoman would not be leaving the race. 

“It’s well past time for the good old boys’ club in Washington, D.C., to quit thinking they know who the best candidate and conservative leader is for Tennessee families,” Andrea Bozek said. 

Corker, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced his retirement in September. 

He has notably clashed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE on multiple occasions, including in October after Trump tweeted that the senator had "begged" him for his endorsement and that Trump declined. 

Corker fired back, saying the White House has become "an adult day care center" tasked with monitoring and containing the president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to comment on the reports during her press briefing on Monday.

"We haven't had that conversation about Sen. Corker's plans. As always, I can't weigh in on the specifics of the potential of a race but I would have to talk to the president before making a comment," she said.