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VP Speculation Intensifies As Corker Campaigns With Trump

Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 23:59:49-04

As the campaign trail races toward the party convention, a familiar name in Tennessee is getting extra attention: Senator Bob Corker.

"Corker's always downplayed it and it'll be interesting to see how he plays it now," said NewsChannel 5 Political Analyst Pat Nolan.

Senator Corker from Chattanooga is reportedly on the short list for the Republican V.P. spot. He fits what Trump says he wants, which is a Washington insider who could help push legislation.

Corker is chair of the important Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"He's on the short list of people in the entire world when something happens in the international scene he's one of the first people the media call," Nolan said.

Speculation was at a fever pitch after Corker visited Trump at Trump Tower in May.

"We talked bigger picture really relative to foreign policy, domestic issues,  a little about how the campaign is unfolding," Corker said in an interview after the meeting.

But a few weeks later, Corker publicly criticized the Republican nominee for his words against a judge with Mexican heritage, saying he disagreed with Trump completely.

"It was thought that was an effort by Corker maybe to distance himself a bit and maybe that would end his Vice Presidential speculation," Nolan said, "it did not."

With the convention just two weeks away, a decision will most likely happen soon. And while it's something the Senator has been reluctant to talk about in the past, Nolan says the time is now.

"It's one of those things if you get asked I know very few people who say no," he said.

There are five others considered on the short list for Trump's V.P.
 
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich would bring a lot of congressional insight. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is one of Trump's closest allies after he dropped out of the race himself. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is someone Trump said he was very impressed over the weekend. Controversial Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was the first to endorse Trump. And Iowa Senator Joni Ernst would bring a woman to the ticket, to possibly try to balance out the Clinton campaign.