Former Tennessee governor running for US Senate

Dems Land Top Recruit: Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen Will Run For Senate

Reports: Phil Bredesen planning run for Corker's US Senate seat

A Twitter account was created for his campaign and he released a campaign video Thursday.

Bredesen's video, curiously, also noted that "Washington is broken" without mentioning it had a Democratic president the eight years before January 20, 2017, and that "back here in Tennessee, we have some real problems".

Bredesen also discussed his leadership success, both in business and government, and touched on the topics of health care, the opioid crisis and the economy.

Even as it has shifted right in the same fashion of its Southern neighbors, Tennessee has continued to elect Republican pragmatists such as Mr. Corker, Senator Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam, who briefly considered a Senate bid. Whether it has been by cutting taxes, supporting fiscal responsibility, or driving unemployment to historic lows, Republican elected officials in Tennessee have established a record of making our state, and our country, a better place to live, work, and achieve the American dream.

Popular former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) will run for Senate, according to two local newspapers, giving Democrats a heavy-hitting candidate for long-shot seat.

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Nashville lawyer James Mackler, a 45-year-old Iraq War veteran, also has announced his candidacy as a Democrat, meaning that if Bredesen joins the race he will have at least one primary opponent. Before that, he served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999.

Major Republican candidates include Marsha Blackburn and Stephen Fincher.

Should Mr. Bredesen become the party's standard-bearer, however, he will test whether the state has undergone an enduring realignment or whether a well-financed and well-known Democrat can win when there is a more favorable climate.

Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee when he easily won a second term as governor in 2006.

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