NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen has announced his candidacy to become a U.S. Senator.
Bredesen made the announcement via a YouTube video and established a Twitter account.
“I’m running for the Senate because I have the right kind of experience and the actual track record it will take to start working across party lines to fix the mess in Washington and bring common sense back to our government,” said Bredesen in the video.
He had been calling potential donors to let them know he plans to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.
“I love the people of the state of Tennessee and we need and deserve something better than we’re getting from Washington and we need and deserve a Senator who can make that happen,” Bredesen also says in the video.
Earlier this fall, the former Tennessee governor indicated he was mulling over a run and his decision included meeting with U.S. Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer in Washington.
Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a state wide race in Tennessee when he easily won a second term as governor in 2006. Before his two terms in the state house, he was Nashville mayor from 1991 to 1999.
Former Nashville lawyer and Iraq War vet James Mackler is the only other announced candidate for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Bob Corker.
Major Republican candidates include Marsha Blackburn and Stephen Fincher.
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.”
She continued, “Bredesen’s views are out-of-touch with Tennessee values, he supported President Obama’s liberal policies, is against second amendment rights and even authored a plan to give illegal immigrants driving certificates. Marsha is the only true conservative in this race who will ensure liberal Bredesen doesn’t block President Trump’s agenda in Washington.”
Bredesen earned his fortune as a health care entrepreneur and served two terms each as Nashville mayor and governor.