“I think at this point we heard that we are in a downward spiral, and it’s important to note he said ‘they,'” Mackler said in an interview with the USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE. Earlier this week, Corker acknowledged he felt the White House needed to regain control in the wake of reports that Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials.

“As a soldier, I know the strength of teamwork, cooperation and the benefits of diversity to accomplish a mission,” Mackler told The Huffington Post. “I know that true leadership really comes from a sense of duty, and without some change in this country, I really worry about the future of my family and those of every Tennessean. My wife and I want to raise our daughters in a nation that celebrates the best of America, not in a country that’s as divided as we are now.”

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, will on Monday become the first Tennessee Democrat to announce plans torun in 2018 for the state’s U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

Mackler cited his military background repeatedly in a news release provided to The USA Today Network – Tennessee ahead of the formal announcement, saying he’s “running to restore respect, honesty, and most importantly, integrity in Washington.”