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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) delivers opening remarks at the start of a hearing titled, "The Persistent North Korea Denuclearization and Human Rights Challenge," in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea And Japan Sung Kim. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scratch one off the list.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has taken himself out of consideration for Donald Trump’s running mate. Corker, who’d reportedly emerged as a finalist for the position, told the Washington Post Wednesday that he’s withdrawn his name.

Other candidates reportedly under consideration include Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have also emerged as potential running mates.

Corker said he informed Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, about his decision on Tuesday, when the two held a rally together in North Carolina.

“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker told the publication.

Corker said he had second thoughts about the “political nature” of the vice presidential job.

“I left there feeling very good about him as a person but also realized that at age 63, I know the things I’m good at doing and knowing what a candidate for vice president has to do. It’s just not the right thing for me, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for them.”

Corker said he was “very positive” about Trump as a person. He expected Trump to make his final selection by July 15.

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