Now that Donald Trump has all but secured the Republican nomination, the big question that has emerged is who the presumptive nominee will name as his running mate.
Well, GOP insiders are hinting that Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, would be a perfect fit for a Trump ticket.
Last week, Corker told USA Today’s Mary Troyan that he “offered to help Donald Trump develop a foreign policy platform, making him one of the few senators to publicly embrace Trump … Trump called him last week and he and Trump’s campaign staff have talked since then.”
Corker, among the wealthiest members of Congress, spent most of his life in business, and his bio says he brings a “results-driven businessman’s perspective.” Corker — age 63, to Trump’s 69 — surprised many in Washington by lavishing on-camera praise on Trump’s foreign-policy speech two weeks ago.
A Republican who knows Corker well said: “He’s an independent guy — kind of a tough guy — who’s not afraid to swim upstream. He’s frustrated by being in the Senate and not getting anything done. I think he’d really lean into this. He’s not afraid to buck the old guard. And he’s no dummy: He jumped out on the Trump thing early.”
Another source said: “Corker is not well-liked by his colleagues in the Senate. A big reason is he likes to get stuff done with Democrats. Trump might find that attractive.”
Trump, who has said he plans to pick an experienced politician who knows the Hill and can help him get things done, dropped a potentially significant clue in his March 31 interview with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Bob Costa: “Somebody that can walk into the Senate and who’s been friendly with these guys for 25 years, and people for 25 years.”
One current officeholder who is also mentioned as a possible running mate, who has served in both House and Senate, and first came to the Hill 35 years ago, is Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), age 72. He’s an Army veteran who served in the House for eight years and the Senate for 10, then was George W. Bush’s ambassador to Germany (arriving just before 9/11). Coats promoted faith-based initiatives on the outside, then in 2011 returned to the Senate, where he’s on the finance and intelligence committees.
Of course, Trump has a special place in his heart for the Hoosier state. And a longtime friend said of Coats: “He’s beloved. The man has no enemies. Everyone loves him. He’s a governing choice. Clean as a whistle.”
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