Phil Bredesen

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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Blackburn hails TN ‘red wall’ against Democrats, declares U.S. Senate broken

Without actually mentioning Bob Corker by name, Marsha Blackburn got in some digs at the incumbent senator in a speech to Republicans in her home county Friday, reports The Tennessean.

“I know that the U.S. Senate is a source of frustration. It’s broken,” Blackburn told members of the Williamson County Republican Party at its annual Reagan Day dinner. “You cannot send people to the Senate who have broken it to try to fix it.”

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Politico: ‘Distaste’ for Blackburn behind GOP prodding of Corker to reconsider retirement

Following up on earlier reports, Politico says  “a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington” – worried that Republican Marsha Blackburn could lose the November U.S. Senate general election and give Democrats a Senate majority – continues to urge Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider his retirement plans.

A Blackburn spokeswoman scoffs at the notion of the current congressman as a loser and Corker is non-committal (though someone ‘close’ to the senator says he’s listening), according to the lengthy article. The piece also suggests that Corker has “reached out” to President Donald Trump to get his thinking on a retreat from retirement.

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Poll finds Bredesen ahead of Fincher, trailing Blackburn in U.S. Senate matchups

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn leads former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen 50.7 percent to 39.7 percent in a recent poll commissioned by Tennessee Star of prospective voters in hypothetical matchup for the general U.S. Senate election. The poll also found that Bredesen has a lead – 41.5 percent to 38.2 percent – in a match with former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher as the GOP nominee.

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Bredesen’s Senate campaign staff includes veterans from his gubernatorial days

Democrat Phil Bredesen’s campaign staff in his run for the U.S. Senate includes several veterans of his campaigns for governor and officials who served under him while he was in office.

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Karl Dean: Bredesen’s run for Senate a ‘confidence booster’ for TN Democrats

Tennessee gets a mention in a Politico review of 2018 gubernatorial races around the nation under the headline, “The next GOP panic: Governors’ races” with Gov. Bill Haslam and Democratic candidate Karl Dean quoted. A Tennessee-oriented excerpt:

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Polling from opposite poles: Blackburn leads Bredesen; Bredesen leads Blackburn

A poll commissioned by a pro-Trump super PAC found that  Republican Marsha Blackburn is  ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen in a potential 2018 general election for a Tennessee U.S. Senate seat, reports the Hill, while a survey sponsored by a Democrat-supporting organization found Bredesen ahead.

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James Mackler formally endorses Bredesen for U.S. Senate

Press release from James Mackler

NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

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Mackler withdraws from U.S. Senate race, sets up PAC

Nashville attorney and Army veteran James Mackler, who launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate eight months ago, announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race. Instead, he’s setting up a political action committee.

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