Phil Bredesen

Bredesen loans campaign $1.4M; Blackburn still far ahead in cash (fundraising near tie)

Republican Marsha Blackburn edged Democrat Phil Bredesen in collecting contributions for their U.S. Senate campaigns during the first quarter of 2018 and has more than a $3-to-$1 lead in cash on hand thanks to past fundraising as a member of the U.S. House, according to information provided by the candidates on Monday. Bredesen, however, had about a $1 million lead in early expenditures.

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Though donating to Blackburn, Corker says Bredesen is ‘an outstanding public servant’

Sen. Bob Corker says that – though declaring he will donate to fellow Republican Marsha Blackburn’s campaign to succeed him in the U.S. Senate —  says he will not work against Democrat Phil Bredesen and believes the “outstanding public servant” will get a lot of Republican votes.

Corker’s comments came in an interview with the National Journal. Bredesen says he “obviously was pleased” to hear the comments, which follow ’s conversations with Corker earlier this year suggesting the senator either run for governor or reelection, reports the Times Free Press.

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Blackburn and Bredesen concerned about trade war but not yet criticizing

Questioned about the possibility of a trade war between the United States and China at a Tennessee Farm Bureau breakfast, U.S. Senate candidates Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen had somewhat similar responses, reports the Times Free Press.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent weeks have threatened to slap tariffs on products exported from each other’s countries.

…Both candidates voiced concerns but were hesitant to criticize Trump.

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Don Sundquist endorses Marsha Blackburn

Press release from Marsha Blackburn campaign

Brentwood, TN –  Today, former Governor Don Sundquist endorsed Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate. His endorsement is another clear sign that Tennesseans are rallying behind Blackburn for Senate.

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Bredesen could be nation’s richest U.S. senator if elected

Democrat Phil Bredesen would become one of the wealthiest members in Congress if the former Tennessee governor is elected to the U.S. Senate, according to financial disclosures filed Friday and compared to Roll Call’s most recent report on the wealth of current members of the U.S. House and Senate.

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Poll finds Bredesen leading Blackburn, 46 percent to 41 percent

A poll conducted this month and commissioned by a health care advocacy group finds Tennessee voters Democrat Phil Bredesen favored over Republican Marsha Blackburn by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent. It also reports 47 percent believe the Affordable Care Act should remain in place while 42 percent want the measure, better known as Obamacare, repealed.

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Bredesen discusses Trump in second TV ad

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has released his second ad in which he discusses his feelings about President Donald Trump.

Look, I’m not running against Donald Trump,” Bredesen says in the spot, pledging to support the president’s initiatives when they’re good for the state, and to oppose them when they’re not.

“I think that’s what senators ought to do,” the former governor says.

That’s a more qualified approach than Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s blanket statements of support for the president.

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Attempted theft of Bredesen campaign funds triggers concern over hacking

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s U.S. Senate campaign has informed the FBI of fears it has been hacked,  reports the Associated Press.

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Bredesen holds first Senate campaign rally, releases TV ad

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen held his first campaign rally as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Nashville on Saturday and unveiled a 30-second TV ad as well.

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Bredesen talks often with Corker and ‘we’ve been friends a long time’

Democrat Phil Bredesen says he has often talked with Republican Bob Corker about the U.S. Senate and regards the departing incumbent as a friend, reports The Tennessean.

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