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Corker, the One and Only GOP Freshman, Drops By to Say Thanks

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U.S. Senator-elect Bob Corker hit Memphis late Thursday afternoon as the last stop on a “Thank You” tour of Tennessee and underscored the fact that he intends to represent “all the people of Tennessee.” Corker, a Republican, was flanked by the two ranking local GOP office-holders, Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, as he addressed a small crowd of well-wishers and media in the lobby of Signature Air Services.

The senator-elect made a point of noting that “Harold Ford is one of my constituents” and praised his former Democratic opponent as “a very talented and articulate human being.” He had been fortunate in that the campaign between himself and Ford had not turned into “a national referendum, which would not have been good for us,” but became “a choice between two people.” With a wry grin, Corker observed that he would be “the only one in my class” of newly elected Republican senators and said, “I’m pretty sure I’ll be the president.”

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