Blackburn agrees to first debate with Bredesen

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

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn has agreed to a Sept. 25 debate with Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

The event is hosted by The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, WTVF-TV, and Nashville Public Television

“There are significant differences between how Phil Bredesen and I will serve Tennesseans in the Senate, and this debate will highlight that contrast,” Blackburn said in a release. “I appreciate the hard work of the event’s organizers and volunteers. I look forward to a substantive discussion about the future of our state and our country as part of our general election debates.”

Bredesen has also urged Blackburn to join him in three further debates in Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

“In typical D.C. fashion and like the failed gubernatorial candidate Congressman Black, Congressman Blackburn is avoiding Tennessee voters,” Bredesen campaign manager Bob Corney said in a statement. “Each of the grand divisions in Tennessee deserves to hear about issues affecting their regions, starting with Memphis. This year Tennesseans have a choice to do away with the Washington way and that’s why Phil Bredesen is applying for the job.”

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