- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, said Wednesday there are many Republicans better known than he is who can run for president as a problem-solver, but he didn’t rule out the possibility down the road.

“What I hope happens, and I’ve said this over and over, is I hope we’re going to have an outstanding candidate that’s got tremendous recognition across our country that offers solutions to problems,” he said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

Mr. Corker said he’s disappointed with pandering and “the unwillingness of people to offer real solutions to real problems.”

“It just doesn’t happen, because people are worried, ‘oh, it might offend somebody,’” he said. “I saw it happen yesterday in a committee meeting — so disappointing.”

“So I hope that we’re going to have someone — I’ve never looked at myself as having to be that person,” he said. “Who knows what happens down the road? Look, again, I really do think there are people who you and I both know are much more known that can carve out that problem-solving place.”

Mr. Corker has recently teamed with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut to introduce legislation to replenish the country’s depleted highway trust fund and has criticized other proposals for using what he calls budget gimmicks to pay for it.

“We’ll just see what happens over time, but as elected officials we’ve got to begin solving our problems … and not just pandering, pandering, pandering,” he said. “Our country’s becoming weaker, we’ve got all kinds of economic growth issues … we need to deal with those. It really affects people in a real way.”