The Senate Leadership Fund PAC on Saturday launched a new advertising campaign highlighting President Donald Trump’s opposition to Phil Bredesen and his support of U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) in the U.S. Senate race.
The $1.8 million buy will run statewide on a combination of broadcast and cable television, radio and digital.
The video is available to watch here.
The ad starts out with the president saying, “A vote for Bredesen is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi. Phil Bredesen wants to raise your taxes. He opposes the border wall totally. Bredesen will not defend your Second Amendment rights.”
The video continues with the president supporting Blackburn: “A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me and everything that we stand for. It’s a vote for Make America Great Again.”
Senate Leadership Fund Spokesman Chris Pack said, “Phil Bredesen’s liberal agenda is completely wrong for Tennessee and that is why President Trump is supporting Marsha Blackburn. Try as he may, Bredesen can’t hide that he’s a vote for higher taxes, weak immigration, and against our Second Amendment rights.”
Bredesen has taken hits throughout the campaign for the points the president raised.
The National Rifle Association has been critical of Bredesen for a campaign ad he launched in September claiming he has an “A” rating.
The Democratic former governor of Tennessee had received an “A” rating from the NRA – in 2002. NRA-ILA Political Victory Fund executive director Chris W. Cox used Twitter to call Bredesen out for his use of the old “A” rating.
Bredesen has been criticized for his opposition to the border wall and positions on illegal immigration.
Bredesen has ties to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi.
At a May rally in Nashville, the president said, “So Philbert was recruited by Schumer to run for the Senate. He had to get Pelosi’s approval – can you believe this?”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.