Bredesen calls for four Senate debates

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen speaks to reporters after a Farm Bureau speech in Franklin on Aug. 9, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Democrat Phil Bredesen is calling for four U.S. Senate debates around the state. No word yet from Republican Marsha Blackburn whether she’s interested in joining him.

The four debates that Bredesen has approved of are at Rhodes College in Memphis, Cumberland University in Lebanon, the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The first debate would occur on Sept. 13, while the final one would take place Oct. 10.

“I want this campaign to be about ideas because that’s what  Tennesseans expect from their leaders,” Bredesen said in a release.

Here is the full release from the Bredesen campaign:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bredesen for Senate today announced that candidate Phil Bredesen has agreed to participate in four U.S. Senate debates covering East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The first debate — hosted by Rhodes College in Memphis — is one month away. Additional debates are set for Lebanon, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

“I want this campaign to be about ideas because that’s what  Tennesseans expect from their leaders,” Governor Bredesen said. “I’m applying for the job as U.S. Senator. These debates will give me the opportunity to show how we can take on the tough problems in Washington and work together to get things done.”

Bredesen for Senate campaign officials are connecting with debate sponsors to work out details and formats for the following debates:   

Date: Thursday, September 13, at 7:00 PM CT

Location: Rhodes College, Memphis

Sponsors: USA Today Network – Tennessee (Commercial Appeal), WMC-TV (NBC affiliate), and Rhodes College

Date: Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 PM CT

Location: Cumberland University, Lebanon

Sponsors: USA Today Network – Tennessee (Tennessean), League of Women Voters of Tennessee, WNPT-TV (Nashville Public Television), WTVF-TV (CBS affiliate), and Cumberland University

Date: Monday, October 1, at 7:00 PM ET

Location:  Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga

Sponsor: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Date: Wednesday, October 10, at 8:00 PM ET

Location: UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Knoxville

Sponsors: Nexstar Media Group, including WKRN-TV (Nashville), WATE-TV (Knoxville), WATN-TV (Memphis), WJHL-TV (Tri Cities), and WJKT-TV (Jackson)

15 Responses to Bredesen calls for four Senate debates

  • Tennessee Jed says:

    I heard that they wanted to stream these vital public debates that concern all Tennesseeans for free over the internet. However, Marsha demanded that viewers be required to log on with a valid Comcast cable subscription. /s

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “. . .[V]ital public debates. . .?” More like “somnolent” public debates. The only thing “vital” about this U. S. Senate election is whether the voters of Tennessee who voted so overwhelmingly in the Republican primary and the 2016 general election for President Trump will show up in November to vote for Marsha so as to help the Republicans maintain control of the U. S. Senate to improve the chances of Trump getting his agenda enacted by Congress especially the appointment of judges.
      Jed, I hope you are not going to assist the liberal Democrats in the Bredesen campaign run their Operation Distraction in order to distract the Tennessee electorate from this one vital thing.

      • Tennessee Jed says:

        Stuart, not all who voted for Trump voted for 100% enactment of his agenda. At the same time, those of us who voted for Trump may emphasize certain parts of his agenda more than others. Item #1 for me was DRAIN THE SWAMP. Electing Marsha Blackburn would be in direct opposition to my #1 agenda item.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I believe the only way to DRAIN THE SWAMP is either by Trump pushing that agenda item and/or by Republican voters electing House Freedom Caucus types to the Congress. Either way, Marsha will be more likely to go along with that agenda than will Bredesen stuck as he is in the Democrat party who uses the “SWAMP” as their means to power no matter what party has the Presidency.

          From his time as mayor of Nashville, Bredesen has never demonstrated himself to be a small government type when he doesn’t have conservatives with whom to contend. On the other hand, Marsha’s 82% lifetime Heritage Action score and 90% Club For Growth lifetime score shows that she is generally a small government type of gal.

          • MarLE says:

            Give it a rest Stuart….we just passed the Trillion per yr deficit spending budget. Marsha has the fact that she is not a Dem to recommend her. Just leave it at that and don’t try to sell her as a small government “type of gal”. State the truth….she is not running as a Dem and let it go at that. Le’ts try keeping the lies to a minimum. It is part of what sank Di

        • MarLE says:

          My vote for Trump was a vote AGAINST Hillary. Stuart mis-identifies the 100% support for the Trump agenda.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            OK, either way, Bredesen is a life-long Democrat because he is a liberal. Marsha is a life long Republican because she is a conservative. Thus, Bredesen’s ideology is closer to Hillary’s so I would imagine, unless your ideology has changed in the last two years, you are once again going to vote AGAINST liberalism by voting for Marsha.

          • James White says:

            Marsha Blackburn is NOT a Conservative. Conservatives do not vote for TRILLIONS in Debt. Get off it Stuart.

          • James White says:

            Marsha Blackburn is NOT a Conservative. Conservatives do not vote for TRILLIONS in Debt. Get off it Stuart.

  • MarLE says:

    Marsha should take him up on this. Visually, it will work for her. He appears totally out of practice and, like Trump described Hillary, in need of a daily nap. Marsha seems well scripted, with her shoes laced up and her game face on, as would be the case for a non-stop, 20+ years politician.

  • William Upton says:

    I think two televised debates would be quite enough.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Phil Bredesen caused a lot of damage to this state.

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  • James White says:

    am i waiting for moderation now ?

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Bredeson is a Democrat because he understands how both markets and the U.S. Constitution work. Blackburn understands neither, which is what makes her a Republican.

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