(by Jackie Callow)
Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
Gov. Bredesen will attempt to succeed Republican Senator Bob Corker.
“We all know Washington is broken, but while politicians are up there playing partisan games and working on their reelection, out here in America, back here in Tennessee, we have some real problems,” – Gov. Phil Bredesen
“Tennessee families want change and that is not what 74-year-old Democrat politician Phil Bredesen will bring to the United States Senate,” said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for Republican Senate candidate and current 7th District Congressman, Marsha Blackburn. “Bredesen’s views are out-of-touch with Tennessee values.”
Gov. Bredesen earned his fortune as a health care entrepreneur. He then went on to serve two terms Nashville mayor, where he enticed the then Houston Oilers to Nashville. Then rose to the office of governor, where he was relected to a second term, touting the building of Volkswagen’s only U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga among his accomplishments.
Bredesen left office in 2011 and had remained primarily withdrawn and reserved from politics in the time sense, but excited the Democratic base in Tennessee when rumors began to circulate that he would join the race.
Bredesen is known nationally for correcting spiraling costs at TennCare, but the way in which those cutbacks came about, cutting 170,000 adults from the program and reducing benefits to thousands of others, became a sticking point when Bredesen was considered for President Barack Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011.
However in Tennessee Bredesen won re-election the following year after the TennCare cuts, as many saw cutbacks as a necessity to right a sinking ship.