News reports say Bredesen will challenge Blackburn for Senate

Erik Schelzig  AP

Bredesen served as mayor of Nashville from 1991 through 1999, and governor of Tennessee from 2002 through 2010. He won all 95 counties in 2006 en route to his re-election as governor.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has also been mulling on the idea of running for the position. Next year's U.S. Senate election will be about comparing the Tennessee of today, to the Tennessee of yesterday, and the records and results are clear.

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In a major recruiting coup, Democrats have successfully recruited popular former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to run for the Senate seat that is now occupied by Bob Corker (R).

On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn released a statement surrounding unconfirmed reports of Bredesen's run, calling his views "out-of-touch with Tennessee values". But the Nashville Post, the Nashville Scene, and The Tennessean each cited unnamed sources confirming that he was raising money and intends to join the race.

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Bredesen is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning.

Berke served in the state Senate during the last few years of Bredesen's second term, working with Bredesen on a variety of issues including K-12 and higher education.

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Bredesen is entering the race after initially indicating that he felt his time had past, but numerous individuals from Tennessee and Washington have urged him to run.

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