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Surprise! Hagerty joins U.S. Senate race

Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty has officially joined the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee:

Here’s Hagerty’s statement:

Serving in President Trump’s administration was the honor of a lifetime, but when I saw the threat to Tennessee and our country from the Democrats’ socialist agenda, I felt called to act.  We must stand up to radical liberals like The Squad and their liberal socialist agenda that would deeply damage the America we know and love. With President Trump’s support, I’m ready to fight for your family in the U.S. Senate. In the coming months, we’re going to be working hard and traveling to every corner of our beautiful state to earn your trust. If you’re looking for a conservative family man with real experience, who will stand with President Trump, we’re running this campaign for you.

Will this Trump tweet clear the field for Hagerty?

Will this tweet from President Donald Trump cleat the Republican field for Bill Hagerty’s bid for the U.S. Senate?

Trump tweets about Tennessee voucher bill

A tweet from President Donald Trump is something voucher supporters were desperate for in the run-up to yesterday’s House floor vote. As it turned out, the tweet came after the chamber voted 50-48 to pass the contentious measure (but not until after 40 minutes of arm-twisting and cajoling holdouts while the voting board was kept open).

But Trump finally did take to Twitter on the eve of a vote on the Senate version.

Given that the bill is believed to have cleared it’s toughest hurdle in the House, it’s unclear what — if any — effect the presidential tweet will have. But it certainly gives some backing to lawmakers who went out on a limb to vote for a bill opposed by their home school districts.

House panel kills resolution calling for end to birthright citizenship

A resolution to comment President Donald Trump’s call to end birthright citizenship has died in the House Constitutional Protections & Sentencing Subcommittee.

The  panel voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reject the measure sponsored by freshman Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris), the AP reports. Three Republicans and one Democrat voted against the resolution.

Griffey’s resolution calls for ending what it calls “the illegitimate, unauthorized, and illegal practice of bestowing citizenship to those born within the boundaries of our great country whose presence constitutes a violation of United States law and breach of the sovereignty of this Nation.”

Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) said “God help us” if lawmakers advanced a  the resolution telling people born in the U.S. that they aren’t citizens.

Watch Blackburn’s comments at Trump rally in Chattanooga

Here are Republican Senate candidate Marsh Blackburn’s comments at a Chattanooga rally featuring President Donald Trump on Sunday evening:

Bredesen speaks in Chattanooga, hours before Trump rally

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen speaks at a fundraiser in Nashville on Aug. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Democratic Senate candidate Phi Bredesen held a rally on Sunday in Chattanooga just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to  come to the city to headline an event for Republican rival Marsha Blackburn.

“If the previous two visits are any guide, he’ll have plenty of derogatory things to say about me,” Bredesen said in his prepared remarks.

“That’s OK — politics today is a blood sport — but I’ve come here to show that there are other ways to campaign and to present your case to the people of Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “We should vote people in and out, not shout them in and out.”

Bredesen praised retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Chattanooga), who “is understandably not here with us” — but was also not attending the Blackburn rally because of an unspecified prior engagement.

“I want everyone to know that I admire the job he did as Chattanooga’s mayor, and I respect enormously how he has carried himself in his two terms in the United States Senate,” Bredesen said. “As you all know, I’m seeking to follow him in that seat, and it would be a privilege to do so.”

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Trump confirms Sunday rally in Chattanooga

President Donald Trump has confirmed his final series of rallies before the Nov. 6 election, including a third visit to Tennessee on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.

After stops in Nashville and Johnson City, Trump’s final visit will be in Chattanooga on Sunday evening.

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Rumblings of another Trump visit

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks at a business forum in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Chattanooga’s WCRB-TV reports President Donald Trump may be planning another Tennessee visit on the eve of the Nov. 6 election on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn:

Channel 3 has learned several Chattanooga agencies are preparing for a possible presidential visit ahead of Election Day on November 6.

“We would welcome a visit from the president should the president decide to come,” said U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga.

A senior White House official tells NBC News that the president is expected to visit Tennessee prior to Election Day to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn, but a date has not been confirmed. 

A staff-wide email was sent to employees of the Chattanooga Police Department telling them no time off would be granted on November 5, the day before the midterm elections. A spokesperson for the department was unable to confirm the visit will take place.

Read the full story here: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/39359560/agencies-prepare-for-possible-visit-from-president-trump-ahead-of-election-day

UPDATE: Axios reports Trump’s Chattanooga rally will take place Nov. 4.

Committee to Defend the President running ad against Bredesen

The Committee to Defend the President is running a new ad targeting Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.

“Don’t let liberal Phil Bredesen rewind all of Trump’s accomplishments,” the narrator says. “Stop him before it’s too late.”

The PAC has spent more than $943,810 in Tennessee so far, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

UPDATE: The Bredesen camp, predictably, is not pleased. Says spokeswoman Alyssa Hansen:

Between the Koch Brothers, Mitch McConnell’s PAC, the NRSC, and every other out of state dark money group, plus the Blackburn campaign itself, Congresswoman Blackburn is taking the D.C. Diane playbook to new depths and turning on an unprecedented wave of negative attack ads in Tennessee. No amount of D.C. swamp politics can hide the fact that during her 16 years in Washington, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has taken more than $800,000 from drug companies and in 2016 passed a law that federal drug enforcement agents said banned them from doing their job.

On eve of Trump visit, state GOP blasts Dean for ‘out-of-state reinforcements’

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee next week to campaign and raise money for Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, the state GOP has issued a release blasting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean for resorting to “out-of-state reinforcements” in the form of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Among the things the state GOP takes issue with about McAuliffe for are that he:

  • Was the governor of the only southern state to vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump.
  • Presided over more the introduction of more expensive highway tolls and supported higher taxes in northern Virginia to help fund the Metro.
  • Said impeachment of the president “ought to” be looked at.

“While Karl Dean continues to align himself with national Democrats like Ashley Judd and now Gov. Terry McAuliffe who are determined to undermine the president’s agenda, Bill Lee is spending his time meeting with Tennesseans in every county talking about his vision for this state,” state Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said in a release.

Blackburn has had several out-0f-state Republicans rally to her cause beyond Trump. They include Vice President Mike Pence (twice) and Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Asked recently by The Associated Press whether he wanted national Democrats like former President Barack Obama to come campaign on his behalf, Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said simply, “No.”