Haslam Talks About Possible 2020 Senate Run with His Friend, Vice President Mike Pence

Former Gov. Bill Haslam reportedly met with Vice President Mike Pence to talk about possibly running for the Senate, and Pence encouraged him to make the bid, Politico reported.

Haslam has been interested in running for the seat being vacated next year by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

Haslam and Pence met Wednesday to talk about the potential run, WREG said. Haslam said he would decide sometime in this spring. U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) and Dr. Manish “Manny” Sethi have also shown interest in running, the station said.

Pence and Haslam drum up a friendship when Pence became governor of Indiana in 2013, and the men worked together as governors, WBIR said.

The vice president notwithstanding, Tennessee’s former governor may have worn out his welcome among conservatives. The Club for Growth Action, a conservative Super PAC, earlier in March released a video aimed at discouraging Haslam from running for Alexander’s seat, The Tennessee Star reported.

The video, titled “Dirty Laundry,” is available to watch here.

Club for Growth Action’s video shows what it alleges is a history of Haslam “profiting from his business interest, which had been infected with fraud, racist rants, and practices designed to exploit Hispanic and other customers.”

The PAC also launched a new website that lists what the group says are his “company’s long history of discriminatory business practices and incarcerated friends.”

Country music songwriter Stokes Nielson’s tweet about his podcast, “The Spirit of Humanity,” which raises questions about Haslam relative to gas tax increases, went viral with over a half million impressions within hours of its pre-release, The Star reported earlier this month.

Also, in January, Haslam joined several Never-Trumpers as “spring fellows” instructors at American University’s Sine Institute of Politics in Washington, D.C., The Star reported.

Haslam should fit in with a cast of Never-Trumpers at the university. He said last year that President Donald Trump should not endorse any gubernatorial candidate seeking to replace him, referring to Diane Black.

Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill at the time said, “If Haslam does run for the Senate he is clearly preparing to do so as an anti-Trump successor to former Senators Flake and Corker. He’s already auditioning for the part for the Establishment DC crowd with an off-Hill appearance at American University,” Gill said. “He will definitely get rave reviews from the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN and Buzzfeed.”

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Bill Haslam” by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. 









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8 Thoughts to “Haslam Talks About Possible 2020 Senate Run with His Friend, Vice President Mike Pence”

  1. CCW

    This is nuts. We do not need another Lamer Alexandria in DC! We need to send someone that represents the interests of the people of the state of TN and the security of the national organization of states,

  2. Pandora Vreeland

    We need a great man like Congressman Mark Green to replace Lamar Alexander. We don’t need a Lamar clone. Haslam was a never Trumper and he will try and grab national media attention by going out of his way to not support Trump. He will be a thorn in his side. I was furious with Corker and Alexander’s attention-seeking back-stabbing antics.

  3. Randall

    Haslam was the one who immediately wanted Trump to step down on practically the eve of the election. And he wanted to remove the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Capitol. NO WAY would I vote for Haslam !

  4. Motsey

    To borrow an old campaign slogan, “what matters now” is not having any more RINOS in the Senate.” I will work tirelessly to help defeat Bill Hasbeen in the primary.

  5. lb

    NO MORE HASLAM…TN needs to be done with him

  6. 83ragtop50

    Haslam is nothing but a tall version of Bob Corker. Tennessee does not need him.

  7. Kevin

    Americans and in particular Tennesseans have started to wake up to what has been going on within government! The Bill Lee defeat of establishment Diane Black and hand picked Haslam replacement Randy Boyd are clear indications that they want better!

    Bill Haslam at every possible decision point tried to turn Tennessee to the left. From his failed TennCare expansion attempts, to his support of illegal immigrants, to his successful Gas Tax heist, he was been more closely aligned with Hillary Clinton, than with President Trump. We don’t need another “Benedict Arnold” in the Senate! Of course if he does decide to run, it will be a field day for left and right (aka the TN Star) news outlets to expose his many public and private transgressions!

  8. 83ragtop50

    Haslam is nothing more than a taller version of Bob Corker. He needs to go back to his vault and play with the family money.