Sen. Bob Corker appeared on three news talk shows Wednesday morning to discuss the looming threat of a government shutdown, the upcoming debate on the debt ceiling and U.S. relations with Iran.
The senator and former Chattanooga mayor granted interviews to CBS “This Morning,” CNN’s “New Day” and CNBC’s “Squawk Box” programs. In each of the appearances, Corker struck an optimistic tone regarding his hopes for the outcome of current debate on a government funding bill, which must be approved by lawmakers before Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown.
“There’s been a difference relative to strategy or tactics, but I think everybody’s concerned about this,” Corker said on CNN, referring to efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to draw attention to the cause of defunding Obamacare through the funding bill. “We had a nice lunch meeting yesterday and talked about this, and people are taking different approaches. But at the end of the day, I hope we end up with some good policy changes over the course of next week, and I think we have the opportunity for that to occur.”
The senator declined to give his opinion on whether Cruz’s actions might do long-term damage to the Republican Party, despite having made earlier comments describing the tactic as “silly” and a “box canyon tactic that will fail.”
“I think there’s been a little difference in view of how to go about this,” he said on MSNBC. “. We are where we are, and hopefully, something good can come out of this.”
Corker mentioned a possible delay of the health law’s individual mandate or mandatory reforms for discretionary cuts as items he would like to see come out of wrangling over the bill between the House and Senate.
He also expressed concerns over the upcoming debate over raising the nation’s debt limit, saying he did not sense conversation surrounding the issue had yet reached a serious tone.