Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report

Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report
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Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) will reportedly run for his state's open Senate race, a move that would give Democrats a top pick in a tough race.

The Nashville Post reported on Wednesday afternoon that Bredesen has started calling donors to tell them he will enter the race to replace Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (R-Tenn.), who will not seek reelection in 2018.
 
Bredesen, the last Democratic governor of the state, won reelection by a large margin in 2006 but left office because of term limits in 2010. He hasn't held elected office since, and would turn 75 years old a few weeks after the 2018 election. But many Democrats believe his record of success running in a red state could make the seat competitive. 
 
Bredesen has publicly toyed with a bid for the past two months, telling The Associated Press in October that he enjoys "solving problems, and in Washington right now, there is plenty of material." 
 
Republicans instantly greeted Bredesen's reported entry in the race with a warning shot. 
 
"After escaping the burden of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE’s disastrous presidency, the last thing Tennesseans want is one of Obama’s biggest supporters, Phil Bredesen, representing them in Washington,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement. 
 
“Bredesen’s opposition to the 2nd Amendment, weak stance on illegal immigration, and embrace of Barack Obama’s out-of-touch policies puts him at odds with Tennessee values, and will doom his longshot Senate campaign,” he said
 
The move would set up a primary between Bredesen and Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran James Mackler, who jumped in to challenge Corker before the senator announced he'd be stepping down. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke had also been considering a bid, but it's unclear whether Bredesen's decision will change his calculus.
 
 
Corker announced in September that he wouldn't run for reelection, a decision he made after clashing repeatedly with President Trump.