Senator Corker’s campaign released a new TV ad entitled “No More!” I encourage you to watch it and hear his goals and plans for Senate service in the days ahead.
I think it encapsulates Corker’s approach over the last 6 years. It’s the reason I will vote for Bob Corker in August and November. It’s the reason I encourage you to do the same.
I’ve heard many people address Corker’s record, including the Senator himself. Senator Corker claims he is a Conservative and that his votes reflect that. His detractors call him a RINO and email lists of his votes and email lists of his votes they say prove it. Others claim Corker votes with Obama 61% of the time. What is the truth about Corker’s voting record?
Election years are all about embellishment, spin and selective presentation from both sides. My decision to support Senator Corker was made less by listening to campaign rhetoric and more by looking at Corker’s record – across all six years of his service – as evaluated by those who have shown, over time, they are fair and independent advocates for the goals and principles I hold dear.
You can check my statements at VoteSmart’s Ratings page for Senator Corker. If I list a group as rating Senator Corker, I list all their ratings since 2007. If only one or two entries appear it’s because the group only issued one or two, not because I left any out. My list below is not exhaustive. Corker has been rated on a wide range of issues. Click through to see them. I listed ratings recognized as benchmarks for Conservatives. Groups like NTU, ACU and Eagle Forum. I included a couple of ratings from “the dark side,” too. Groups like the ACLU, SEIU and the NEA.
On Abortion, Senator Corker has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Every year since 2007. The pro-abortion group NARAL has given him a 0% rating. Every year since 2007.
On Budget items, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) rated him at 83% in 2009, 99% in 2010 and 90% in 2011. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) scored Corker at 66% in 2007, 70% in 2008, 88% in 2009 and 97% in 2010. Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) rated him at 90% for 2007.
Small Business leaders agree that Corker is good for business. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) rated Senator Corker at 100% in 2011 and 91% for 2007-2008.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rated Corker at 14% in 2007-2008 and just 7% in 2009-2010.
The American Conservative Union (ACU) rated Bob Corker at 83% in 2007 and 2008, 84% in 2009, 92% in 2010 and 85% in 2011. He holds a Lifetime rating from them of 85%. The Club for Growth rated him at 60% in 2007, 73% in 2008, 84% in 2009, 94% in 2010 and 93% in 2011. Eagle Forum ranked Corker at 94% in 2007, 87% in 2008 and 2009, 100% in 2010 and 53% in 2011. The National Journal’s Conservative Composite score for Corker was 76% in 2007, 78% in 2008, 66% in 2009, 77% in 2010 and 79% in 2011.
The National Education Association (NEA) gave Corker a “D” in 2007 and 2008 and an “F” in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
On Family issues, The Family Research Council rated Corker at 100% in 2007 and 2008 while the American Family Association (AFA) gave him 100% every year from 2007 to 2010.
On Immigration Issues, 2007′s English First ranked Corker at 100% and the Federation for American Immigration Reform ranked him at 93% for 2009-2010.
Unions ranked Corker as follows. The AFL-CIO ranked him at 26% in 2007, 10% in 2008, 23% in 2009, 11% in 2010 and 2011. The SEIU ranked him at 25% in 2007, 0% in 2008, 25% in 2009, and 3% in 2010.
Clearly, Bob Corker is no RINO and he doesn’t vote with Obama 61% of the time. Clearly he can be trusted by Conservatives. Not that there is no room for improvement. No incumbent scores perfect on all the issues. But Corker started with a solid foundation in Conservatism in position and policy as evidenced by his votes. He has improved that foundation over time. There is no reason to believe that will change in the future.
Senator Corker has been a strong voice for Conservatives. That voice grows stronger daily. There is no need to change this political horse in the middle of the stream. In fact, there is every reason to care for and feed this particular mount. He’s strong, he’s consistent and he’s delivered for Tennessee and for the nation.
I’m proud to support and endorse Bob Corker for re-election. As a consistent, concerned Conservative, I’ll be voting for him in August and November. I hope you’ll join me. America needs the leadership for her next six years that Bob Corker has demonstrated for the last six years.