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Corker for President?

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) “might run for president someday, but not in 2012,” the Tennessean reports.

“Do I think that I have a vision for our country that would be one the American people would support? Yes. Do I think I have the ability to lead and be an executive and to get good people that you could trust, but then also really drill down on the things that matter? Yes. Am I gifted with a lot of rhetorical flair? Not really. I talk the way I’m talking to you from the podium with 1,000 people out there. I probably have some assets and some deficiencies but right now my horizon is the next 60 days and trying to get this debt thing done.”

“Maybe someday,” Corker added on a presidential run. “But it’s just not on my plate.”

(h/t – Political Wire)

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DSCC Announces First Quarter Numbers

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced today “an $11.6 million first-quarter total,” Ballot Box reports. They raised $5.6 million of that total in March.

The DSCC reported $5.5 million cash on hand and $4.8 million in remaining debt.

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NRSC Announces First Quarter Numbers

The National Republican Senatorial Committee “raised more than $5 million in March, according to a source,” the Washington Post reports.

The committee raised $11.2 million for the quarter, has $1.5 million in cash and $2.75 million in debt — the lowest debt figure of the six major national party committees.

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Vermont Senate: Sanders Announces First Quarter Numbers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “broke the $1 million fundraising mark last quarter with a surge of contributions between January and March, according to a report his campaign provided Tuesday,” the Burlington Free Press reports.

As of March 31, the Vermont independent had $1.05 million for his 2012 re-election bid, doubling his total from the end of last year, according to his Federal Election Commission report.

Sanders raised most of his money in the two most recent quarters. He raised $485,003 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $770,296 during the first three months of this year. The money started flowing after Dec. 10, when he spoke on the Senate floor for more than eight hours against tax cuts for the wealthy.

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Kentucky Senate: Rand Paul Files for Re-Election

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) “has already filed to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016,” the AP reports.

The Kentucky Republican who has been talking about possibly running for president next year filed a statement of candidacy to run for a second term in the Senate on March 21, some three months after taking office.

By taking this step, Senator Paul is “signaling that he won’t be running for president in 2012 but does plan to stick it out in Washington,” according to POLITICO.

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