NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says the northbound migrant caravan in southern Mexico offers the U.S. the chance to show it knows how to control its border and use the rule of law to handle amnesty, and show "we're grown-ups in this."
Bredesen told reporters Saturday the caravan isn't "some huge national emergency," like if Russia threatened the U.S. with nuclear weapons.
An attack ad by Bredesen's opponent, Republican Marsha Blackburn, highlights Bredesen's previous comments that the U.S. is the world's strongest country and "a few thousand very poor people" aren't a threat to our security.
Stirring up his Republican base, President Donald Trump has floated the idea that the caravan contains gang members and "Middle Easterners," later acknowledging there was no proof. Blackburn's ad makes those insinuations and others.