Candidate Corker condemned race­ baiting ‘Call Me’ ad during his first U.S. Senate campaign
Before Donald Trump said a federal judge was unfit to preside over a case because of his national origin, before Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists campaigning on his behalf, before Donald Trump condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester, before Donald Trump ­ there was Bob Corker.
call-meAs a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, Bob Corker was willing to stand up to the racists in his own Party by disavowing a campaign ad condemned nationally for race­ baiting. Infamously known as the “Call Me” ad, the ad targeted Corker’s opponent, African American Democratic candidate then­U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr.
“Sen. Corker used to be a public servant with character but his political ambitions are clouding his judgement,” said TNDP Chairwoman Mary Mancini. ” Today, Sen. Corker sold out his principles and is standing on a stage with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee who has repeatedly made racist remarks, engaged in discriminatory business practices, encouraged violence against Black Lives Matter protestors at his rallies, and refused to renounce David Duke’s support for his campaign. 10 years later, for the Bob Corker of 2016, his political ambition trumps his integrity. ”