The progressive activist group Moveon.org quickly announced it was canceling a planned six-figure digital ad buy for the
The former governor said in a statement that his prior decision became a "much closer call" after Kavanaugh was accused by Dr.
Bredesen's announcement came shortly before the
Noting he was "disgusted" by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans' treatment of Ford, Bredesen said he does think presidents have a "right to appoint justices who share their values -- elections have consequences. I believe a Senator's responsibility to 'advise and consent' is not a license to indulge in partisanship, but should focus on the qualifications of the nominee, their ethics and their temperament."
The former governor said he believed Kavanaugh "initially met this test, and I was prepared to say 'yes' to his nomination prior to
"While the subsequent events make it a much closer call, and I am missing key pieces of information that a sitting Senator has, I'm still a 'yes,'" said Bredesen, who also called Ford a "heroine" as he decried
In his race with Republican
Bredesen points to his tenure as governor from 2003 to 2011, when he sometimes upset
But that's become more difficult for Bredesen in a more polarized 2018 as he catches flak from both sides.
Chattanoogan Randy Price, who is running in
"So you are saying lying to the
Price's "job application" dig was a reference to a frequent Bredesen video ad tagline in which he says "I'm applying for the job."
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair
She said "another fact remains that we have only 32 days to elect as many
In a tweet, Moveon.org tweeted the group was "canceling a planned six-figure digital video ad expenditure for
Another top Democratic-aligned super PAC,
Also on Friday, a group of 60 to 70 critics of Kavanaugh, most of them women, rallied in front of a
They denounced both
"Will they hear the cries or sweep their morals under the rugs?" one woman asked of Corker and Alexander as they also voiced concerns that Kavanaugh could become a deciding vote on issues ranging from abortion rights, same-sex marriage and the federal Affordable Care Act.
In response to later questions from reporters about Bredesen's statement, several voiced dismay.
"Who do we vote for now?" said
Still, she quickly added, "I'm going to have to swallow my pride and I'm still going to have to vote for him because I guess he's at least better than Blackburn."
Kavanaugh's confirmation battle has become one of the recent major campaign flash points in the tight
"His campaign is bought and paid for by
A Schumer-aligned super PAC has already spent substantial sums in support of Bredesen and against Blackburn.
Soon after his announcement on Friday, Bredesen released a new digital spot in which he tells viewers "You know me. When I first ran for governor, they said I'd bring in an income tax. It was just a scare tactic. I proved them wrong, kept my word, worked across party lines, balanced eight straight budgets without an income tax, without raising the sales tax."
Pointing to how he went against fellow
Bredesen announced last week during his first of two debates with Blackburn that he would not vote for Schumer as leader.
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