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Bob Corker withdraws from consideration for Trump VP

Corker withdraws from Trump VP hunt

Bob Corker has taken himself out of consideration to be Donald Trump's running mate, NBC News confirmed Wednesday.

The senator from Tennessee's withdrawal from the running was first reported by The Washington Post. Corker hit the campaign trail with Trump on Tuesday and was seen as lending the businessman foreign policy chops.

Corker, 63, serves as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was first elected to the Senate in 2006. He told Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, about his decision Tuesday, the Post reported.

"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 newspaper.

Sen. Bob Corker.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are among those considered possible vice presidential picks.

Separately on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa will have a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention later this month. The newspaper said the Trump campaign is also vetting her as a possible running mate. Ernst seemingly ruled out a VP bid on Wednesday, telling Politico she was focused on her work serving Iowa in the Senate.

"I will probably participate more as an advocate," Ernst told Politico of her role in the Trump campaign.

Trump told Fox News on Wednesday that he is considering 10 candidates for the number two spot on his ticket.

"I'm looking at 10 people," Trump told Fox News. "Three or four called me up, all want to be considered."

Trump is slated to announce the convention speaker schedule Thursday.