Tennessee Senator Bob Corker top contender for Donald Trump's VP, according to Washington Post

WATE 6 On Your Side staff - NASHVILLE (WATE) – Could Tennessee see Trump-Corker on the presidential ballet?

The Washington Post reports that Senator Corker is a top contender for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's running mate, according to two people close to the campaign. The newspaper reports that Trump and Corker will meet Monday at Trump Tower in New York.

Corker's name has come up repeatedly in conversations about who Trump will pick as his vice president. Other names include Rob Portman of Ohio, as well as Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Scott of Florida.  But given Trump'ssignificant deficit with women voters, running an average of 19 points behind Clinton, many analysts are pushing the billionaire to add a well-known woman to the GOP ticket.

Related: Donald Trump weighs female VP options as he struggles with women voters

Senator Corker's name came up in May. A Politico article cited Republican insiders as "buzzing" about Corker as an "attractive, plausible vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump." After the report, Corker's office said he had no reason to believe he's being considered.

In April, Trump talked talked foreign policy in a phone call with Senator Corker, who heads up the Foreign Relations Committee. Corker later was full of compliments about Trump, though he said he had no plans to endorse him.

Corker was Tennessee's commissioner of finance and mayor of Chattanooga before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012 he was elected to a second term in the Senate. Last year the Republican Senator was also named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

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