Students in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP) at APSU asked several questions of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., during his campus visit Thursday, Sept. 29, but one in particular affects young adults the most in today’s times.

“What can the students do to get involved?” one student asked.

His response was simple: “I don’t care whether you are Republican or Democrat. Get involved. Do what matters to you. Candidly, at your age, the best way is to build the leadership skills you are learning here and generate a voice that people will listen to.”

Corker, who served as mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn. before his election to the Senate in 2006, spent more than an hour in Honors Commons on campus to share his perspective on how Washington policies – primarily spending and debt – are affecting the economy and job creation.

“I’m concerned about our country. I don’t see us tackling our issues,” Corker told the audience.

The audience also included members of APSU President Tim Hall’s Circle of Advisers, campus leaders and local dignitaries.

One of those issues is Medicare. Corker said American families over their working lives put in an average of $109,000 into Medicare; however, they take out an average of $343,000.

“The math doesn’t work,” he said. “You don’t have to be a leadership student to figure that out. It’s a colossal disaster brewing.”

Corker also discussed bipartisan differences in the Senate, health care legislation and the recent waiver option for schools in “No Child Left Behind.” TAS