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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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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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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Anti-Blackburn PAC announces itself

A new poltical action committee called Smoky Mountain Values PAC has been launched to oppose Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

“We’ve been shocked to see today’s Tennessee Republican Party shred that proud tradition by inching closer and closer to nominating someone as extreme as Marsha Blackburn as their candidate for the U.S. Senate,” the group’s co-founder Kyle Tharp said in a release.

Other than saying that some of the organizers no longer live on Tennessee, there’s little hint of who’s behind the PAC.

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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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