U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) on Wednesday released a statement on Phil Bredesen’s recent comments about Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bredesen still isn’t ready to say whether he supports the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, The Tennessean reported.
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is eminently qualified and there is no question he will uphold the rule of law,” Blackburn, a Republican candidate for the Senate, said. “His extensive record speaks for itself. There is nothing left to be determined – the facts are on the table.
“It appears that Phil Bredesen is dodging making a commitment because of what we already know – Schumer has told Democrats to stay neutral as long as they can, and Phil Bredesen is already following orders. I will always vote to confirm judges that abide by the rule of law and the Constitution. Obviously, Phil Bredesen will not make that commitment to Tennesseans because he’ll only vote when and how Chuck Schumer tells him. That’s not what Tennesseans want or expect from their next senator.”
Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, said he needs more time to watch confirmation hearings and study the pick. He is pro-abortion but says Kavanaugh’s pro-life stance will not affect his vote, The Tennessean said.
Bredesen said the judge’s position on abortion is “certainly not as important to me as it is for some Democrats. … I actually consider it a less important consideration in this because he certainly has not taken a position one way or the other.”
A new Fox News poll of likely Tennessee voters indicates that Blackburn is leading Bredesen in the race by a three point margin, 47-44, with eight percent remaining undecided, The Tennessee Star reported. The Blackburn lead is within the poll’s margin of error.
Bredesen and Blackburn are running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who decided not to seek re-election.
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