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Committee to Defend the President running ad against Bredesen

The Committee to Defend the President is running a new ad targeting Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.

“Don’t let liberal Phil Bredesen rewind all of Trump’s accomplishments,” the narrator says. “Stop him before it’s too late.”

The PAC has spent more than $943,810 in Tennessee so far, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

UPDATE: The Bredesen camp, predictably, is not pleased. Says spokeswoman Alyssa Hansen:

Between the Koch Brothers, Mitch McConnell’s PAC, the NRSC, and every other out of state dark money group, plus the Blackburn campaign itself, Congresswoman Blackburn is taking the D.C. Diane playbook to new depths and turning on an unprecedented wave of negative attack ads in Tennessee. No amount of D.C. swamp politics can hide the fact that during her 16 years in Washington, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has taken more than $800,000 from drug companies and in 2016 passed a law that federal drug enforcement agents said banned them from doing their job.

On eve of Trump visit, state GOP blasts Dean for ‘out-of-state reinforcements’

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee next week to campaign and raise money for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, the state GOP has issued a release blasting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean for resorting to “out-of-state reinforcements” in the form of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Among the things the state GOP takes issue with about McAuliffe for are that he:

  • Was the governor of the only southern state to vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump.
  • Presided over more the introduction of more expensive highway tolls and supported higher taxes in northern Virginia to help fund the Metro.
  • Said impeachment of the president “ought to” be looked at.

“While Karl Dean continues to align himself with national Democrats like Ashley Judd and now Gov. Terry McAuliffe who are determined to undermine the president’s agenda, Bill Lee is spending his time meeting with Tennesseans in every county talking about his vision for this state,” state Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said in a release.

Blackburn has had several out-0f-state Republicans rally to her cause beyond Trump. They include Vice President Mike Pence (twice) and Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Asked recently by The Associated Press whether he wanted national Democrats like former President Barack Obama to come campaign on his behalf, Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said simply, “No.”

Trump to headline Blackburn fundraiser and rally in Johnson City

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks at a business forum in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, the Associated Press reports. The president also plans a public rally.

Tickets to the Monday fundraiser in Johnson City are set at $10,000 per couple (that includes a photo with the president) or $25,000 to attend a roundtable beforehand. Contributions will go to Blackburn’s joint fundraising committee.

Trump’s visit follows two fundraisers and public events in Tennessee featuring Mike Pence, including last week in Knoxville and in Cleveland in July. Trump held a fundraiser and rally for Blackburn in Nashville in May.

Footage from the previous Trump visit has featured heavily in Blackburn television ads in her race against Democrat Phil Bredesen.

UPDATE: The event coincides with the date of a proposed debate between Bredesen and Blackburn in Chattanooga. The former governor still planst to be in the city that day for a “Choose Chattanooga Ideas Forum.”

UPDATE 2: The Trump rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. It’s will be the sixth time Trump has visited Tennessee since he became a presidential candidate and the first time he has appeared in Johnson City.

“With just 44 days from today until the midterm elections, President Trump looks forward to sharing the great news about the booming economy that’s delivered new jobs and bigger paychecks to Tennessee families,” Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Donald J. Trump for President Inc., said in a release. “The president will also remind Tennesseans of the critical importance to get out and vote for Marsha Blackburn for the U.S. Senate.”

Latest Blackburn ad features Trump rally highlights

Marsha Blackburn’s latest TV ad highlights the Republican Senate candidate by President Donald Trump’s side at a recent Nashville rally.

Here’s a transcript of the ad:

President Trump: We need Marsha Blackburn. We need Marsha in the Senate to continue the progress and work that we’ve done over the last year and a half. 

Blackburn: Tennessee needs a Senator who is going to support President Donald Trump. I am going to be there to stand with President Donald Trump and take your Tennessee values to Washington, D.C. to fight with him to get the job done. I am Marsha Blackburn, and I approve this message. 

Trump wades into TN governor’s race following primary

That Trump endorsement that Diane Black wanted so badly has gone to Bill Lee. But not until the Republican gubernatorial contest was already settled.

Latest effort to legalize medical marijuana in TN: The TRUMP Act

Heartened by President Donald Trump’s recent comments about marijuana, two Tennessee lawmakers who are physicians plan to renew efforts next year to legalize medical cannabis and are naming the bill after the president, reports the Times Free Press.

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Blackburn urges Trump administration to reconsider ‘broad tariffs’

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn has drafted a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Trump administration to reconsider “broad tariffs” that raise “the grave potential for retaliatory tariffs to adversely impact industries across the state,” reports the Times Free Press.

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Corker trying, again, to set up congressional block to Trump tariffs

Republican Sen. Bob Corker is making a new push to allow Congress to block President Donald Trump’s tariffs on U.S. allies, though GOP leaders may stop it in its tracks once again, reports Politico.

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Bredesen takes aim at Trump trade policies, but ‘fine’ with North Korea outreach

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is taking aim at Trump administration trade policies in a new ad, while also declaring that he’s “fine” with the president’s outreach to North Korea. The former governor says that’s in keeping with his pledge to agree with the president when his initiatives benefit Tennesseans, while opposing them when they don’t.

“These new tariffs will hurt us,” Bredesen says while standing in front of a rack of whiskey barrels. “They hurt our auto industry, our farmers, even Tennessee exports like Jack Daniel’s.”

Here’s the spot:

The Bredesen campaign also released a 60-second video featuring the former governor speaking with the owners of Nashville-based Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery about how a trade war could hurt small businesses. The distillery was also the site of a visit in October 2016 by then-U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman as the Obama administration was making a final push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP was later abandoned by Trump.

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Corker’s latest Trump critique: ‘Ready, fire, aim’ policy on immigration

Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker says that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that forced many families to be separated at the U.S border was implemented in a “ready, fire, aim way” and is not a “realistic” way to enforce immigration laws, reports CBS News.

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