NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has entered the U.S. Senate race to replace Bob Corker.
Bredesen said back in October that he had been mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.
In a video released Thursday morning, Bredesen announced he is entering the race, saying he has the "right kind of experience and the actual track record that it will take to start working across party lines to fix the mess in Washington and bring common sense back to our government."
Bredesen, age 73, is a wealthy former Nashville mayor who was first elected governor in 2002. He’s the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee.
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.”