Fmr. TN Governor Phil Bredesen Will Reportedly Announce US Senate Run Thursday

Phil Bredesen to announce run for US Senate

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.

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

Also seeking the Democratic nomination is James Mackler, an Iraq War veteran and Nashville attorney.

Andy Berke, the current Chattanooga mayor, earlier put out some feelers about running for the Senate seat on the Democratic side. But the Nashville Post, the Nashville Scene, and The Tennessean each cited unnamed sources confirming that he was raising money and intends to join the race.

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen speaks about Singer & Songwriter Dolly Parton during her induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, At Hall of Fame Park on November 8, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bredesen is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning.

Bredesen's entry promises to make the race in a deeply Republican state a competitive one.

Bredesen is entering the race after initially indicating that he felt his time had past, but numerous individuals from Tennessee and Washington have urged him to run.

Upon hearing the news, Blackburn released a statement saying, "Tennessee families want change and that is not what 74-year-old Democrat politician Phil Bredesen will bring to the United States Senate".

Blackburn, 65, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.

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