April 17, 2010 at 1:52 AM CDT - Updated June 21 at 8:25 AM
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker says he will never join the AARP because of the group's role earlier this year in helping defeat the creation of a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit.
Corker said in a speech at a Republican gathering in Nashville late Friday that the "AARP has done as much to hurt our country for the long term as any organization I know."
The task force proposal backed by Democratic President Barack Obama failed in the Senate in January because anti-tax Republicans joined in opposition with Democrats wary of being railroaded into cutting Social Security and Medicare.
Corker drew enthusiastic applause from the GOP crowd when he said he would never be a member of AARP.
The AARP is the nation's largest advocate for seniors.
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