Former Dem gov mulling Tennessee Senate bid

Former Dem gov mulling Tennessee Senate bid
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Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is mulling a bid for Senate to replace the retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips Corker GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser Corker blasts Trump's 'ready, fire, aim' trade policy MORE (R-Tenn.), he told The Associated Press on Monday.

Bredesen, who left office in 2011 and remains the last Democrat to hold the position, told the AP that he will "talk with people and carefully think this through" over the next few days.

He added that he will make a decision "quickly" and admitted that he enjoys "solving problems and in Washington right now there is plenty of material."

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The flirtation adds intrigue to the race to replace Corker, even though the seat is expected to stay in Republican hands.

Iraq War veteran and attorney James Mackler is the top candidate in the Democratic Primary right now, but Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is also considering a bid.

Bredesen won his last reelection bid in 2006 by an overwhelming margin before leaving office after the 2010 elections due to term limits. During his term as governor, he was at the center of a high-profile budget fight, particularly surrounding the state's Medicaid program.

On the GOP side, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates MORE (R-Tenn.) is the top candidate. Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) had entertained a bid briefly but ultimately decided against it, clearing the way for Blackburn to grab a tight hold of the party's path to the nomination.

A pro-Trump outside group allied with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon endorsed Blackburn's bid last week.