Corker takes himself out of consideration for Trump’s running mate

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) walks to a vote at the U.S. Capitol, May 9, 2016, in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats defeated a procedural vote on an energy bill, which increases funding for the Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scratch one off the list.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has taken himself out of consideration for Donald Trump’s running mate. Corker, who’d reportedly emerged as a finalist for the position, told the Washington Post Wednesday that he’s withdrawn his name.

Other candidates reportedly under consideration include Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have also emerged as potential running mates.

Corker said he informed Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, about his decision on Tuesday, when the two held a rally together in North Carolina.

“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker told the publication.

Corker said he had second thoughts about the “political nature” of the vice presidential job.

“I left there feeling very good about him as a person but also realized that at age 63, I know the things I’m good at doing and knowing what a candidate for vice president has to do. It’s just not the right thing for me, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for them.”

Corker said he was “very positive” about Trump as a person. He expected Trump to make his final selection by July 15.

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