Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump backs Marsha Blackburn at Tennessee GOP US Senate Bidding

Trump backs Marsha Blackburn at Tennessee GOP US Senate Bidding

Even departing Republican senators who have openly lambasted the president for his impolite optics, off-the-cuff rhetoric or impulsivity are likely to support most of his agenda, if not all of it.

His comments came in Nashville after a Q and A session at Lipscomb University Friday morning.

"What we need in the U.S. Senate is a senator who is going to stand with President Donald Trump", Blackburn told party members in Murfreesboro, Tennessee earlier this month.

Abbi Sigler, a Blackburn campaign spokeswoman, responded to the Corker comments, arguing that Bredesen will serve as a solid Democratic vote for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"If it ends up costing us that much, it may be the worst vote I've ever made".

Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee suggested that the president may not run again in 2020, saying, "Whether the president runs again or not I think is very questionable, candidly". "I was really challenging" the CBO estimate.

Corker and Trump have clashed several times since Trump took office, and he may have rankled Trump and Blackburn by expressing warmth toward Bredesen, who was governor when Corker was first elected in 2006.

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Corker called Bredesen a "friend" with whom he has worked for more than 20 years.

On Capitol Hill, some GOP lawmakers have been reluctant to throw their weight behind Trump's re-election bid just yet, but let's get real, a scenario in which the Republican Party chooses not to support its incumbent president is nearly entirely inconceivable.

The question bookended the piece, eventually ending with Corker calling the reporter four days later with his final answer: "I just don't have any desire to make news", he said.

Corker added, "Any Republican senator that hasn't been conflicted over this presidency is either comatose or is pretty useless in their blindness - and we've got some of both". He characterized their relationship as warm, but refused to say if he would support the President in 2020 and reiterated doubts about a Trump re-election bid. 'Well I want to know who else is in the field.

The comments highlight the continuing uneasiness many Republicans have over Trump's presidency, and the lingering questions about how the multiple legal battles the president is facing - from the allegations of hush money to silence an alleged affair with the porn actress Stormy Daniels, the raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen's properties and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation - will eventually shake out.

Corker, you may remember, gained one of Trump's infamous nicknames past year after the senator likened his administration to an adult day care center.

He added, "I do not think tearing down the media is good for our nation".

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