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Phil Bredesen planning run for Corker's US Senate seat

Phil Bredesen planning run for Corker's US Senate seat

Phil Bredesen is joining the race to become a US senator.

"We all know Washington is broken", Bredesen said in a video announcing his decision this morning. "While politicians are up there playing partisan games and working on their re-election, out here in America-back here in Tennessee-we have some real problems".

"I'm running for the Senate because I have the right kind of experience".

Although Tennessee's political landscape has drastically shifted since then, with Republicans controlling both U.S. Senate seats, seven of nine Congressional seats, the governor's mansion and supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, Bredesen candidacy makes the race immediately competitive for Democrats.

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Blackburn announced her candidacy for the Senate in early October.

Bredesen, who served two terms and left office with strong approval ratings in 2010, gives Democrats a well-connected and well-liked candidate who likely has a singular ability to win in the Republican-heavy state.

Bredesen is 74, and was the mayor of Metro Nashville from 1991 to 1999.

On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn released a statement surrounding unconfirmed reports of Bredesen's run, calling his views "out-of-touch with Tennessee values". "Marsha is the only true conservative in this race who will ensure liberal Bredesen doesn't block President Trump's agenda in Washington".

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