tv Campaign 2018 Tennessee Senate Debate CSPAN October 13, 2018 11:08am-12:04pm EDT
. and someday ohio senator sherrod brown debates his republican challenger in cleveland. live at 6 p.m. eastern on c-span. online and c-span.org and on the free see span radio at. c-span is your primary source for campaign 2018 and --. in the tennessee senate race day.a blackburn and they are come seating for the bob corker who is retiring. all eyes on tennessee, a heated race reaches a boiling point. side she conservative is the 800 pound gorilla. >> head to head on one stage.
dubbed the most important senate race in the country. paul's show a dead heat. >> this one is too close to call. coming from both sides. tonight, your chance to hear from the candidates in their final debate before election night. your local election headquarters welcomes you to tonight's tennessee debate.
we are broadcasting live across the state of tennessee. we welcome viewers from's nations in memphis, jackson, nashville, chattanooga, knoxville and huntsville, alabama. let's meet the panel of journalists who will be asking the tough questions tonight. we have richard ransom, anchor in memphis. kristen, an anchor in knoxville and bob mueller, anchor in nashville. here is a quick rundown of tonight's debate rules. there are no opening statements. candidates will have 30 seconds each for closing. candidates will get 60 seconds to answer main questions and 30 seconds for rebuttal. if there is a follow-up question they will get 30 seconds and the sound of a bell will ring when the time is up. be sure to follow the #tnsenatedebate. you can find all the questions that will be asked tonight as
well as information on the candidates. we will begin with bob who is up first. >> thank you for taking part in our debates tonight. >> good evening and welcome. i would like to start with a couple of your stated views on the issue of the allegations and confirmations of judge kavanagh to the u.s. supreme court. you said in nashville evidence supporting the sexual assault allegations did not rise to the level of disqualifying kavanagh. congressman, you told them that the sexual assault allegations were raised by the democrats as a delay tactic and smear. are you saying you did not believe the accusers, including dr. ford who said it was 100% brett kavanaugh who assaulted her? governor bredesen, you get the first answer. mr. bredesen: i want to say thank you to the baker center for their hospitality here tonight. the last time i was in this room was several years ago at a forum with two other tennessee governors.
both republicans on stability -- on stability in politics. he stood in so many ways for that civility in politics. i am hopeful that despite the negative advertising we can have a civil debate tonight. i wanted to take my time with this because i think the obligation of the senator is to consider all the facts and not simply come out ahead of time because of the person's party. i watch this very closely and came to the conclusion that all things being equal, i do not think those allegations rose to the level of disqualification from the supreme court. >> congresswoman do you not believe the allegations? ms. blackburn: i want to say thank you to the baker center and also to tennessee center for watching tonight. we are thinking of those that
have friends and family in the path of the storm and we hope that they are going to be safe. phil, welcome back, i know that he went home to new york to meet with michael bloomberg, raise some money, talk about gun control and could have even talked a little bit about being a running mate in 2020. when it comes to the issue of judge kavanagh, tennesseans wanted to see judge kavanagh confirmed. hillary clinton, who phil supported to be president, she gave $33,000, if she was president you would not have had a judge kavanagh. it took a while to make his mind up. he finally did, could have been because of the sexual harassment claims in his administration when he was governor. he actually said he did not think men and women -- [bell] >> you get to respond. mr. bredesen: that was the shortest civil debate we have had in a long time.
to finish my thought on judge kavanagh, i really believe that it is vitally important that this subject of sexual harassment not be weaponized. i thought both parties did not advance the cause at all. i wanted to take my time, came to a decision and i am satisfied with it. >> congressman, you get to respond. ms. blackburn: phil said he did not think that when men and women were in the workplace together you have issues of sexual harassment. i think that is something that is an insult to women in the workplace. maybe he thinks i ought not to be on the stage tonight. the point is, you need to be certain that judges who are constitutional judges like judge kavanagh are going to be there. if phil had his way you would not have this. >> as a follow-up, you said
there was really no politically good answer. some in your party are now criticizing you for supporting kavanagh. your opponent is saying you only came out in support of kavanagh after it was a done deal. if you had to do this again, with more information, would there be a different outcome? mr. bredesen: if i had to do the process again with what we had, no. i wanted to listen to it and to not say as a congressman did within 20 seconds of him being nominated that he should be confirmed, to actually have hearings. a lot of stuff came up at the end of that process and i think we went appropriately. i wish there had been a lot more information, a real fbi investigation could have changed my mind in the outcome. >> a follow-up on monday, president trump called the whole process a hoax and said all the allegations of sexual assault were fake statements, horrible
statements that were totally untrue. do you agree with the president? ms. blackburn: what we found out through the process was this was pretty much a stunt by the democrats. the washington democrats said that they would do everything they could possibly do in order to be able to block this nomination. we saw that they did the character assassination and it was dirty politics. tennesseans wanted to see justice kavanagh confirmed. i said early on after reviewing i would support him. >> did you not believe the allegations? ms. blackburn: i am certain something happened to dr. ford at some point in her life. >> we are going to continue now with a kavanagh line of questioning here. dr. christine ford testified that justice kavanagh assaulted her more than 35 years ago when the two were attending high school. if your child or grandchild was in dr. ford's shoes, would you
advise him or her to come forward with these allegations? congressman, we will start with you. ms. blackburn: absolutely. i think one of the things of the me too movement is that our daughters and granddaughters know that when they make a complaint, that they are going to be listened to. like so many women, when you feel the sting of discrimination or discounting, or diminishment, or condescension, or harassment, you just abhor all of that in every form. the good thing is that the shame is on the perpetrator. you know that is where the shame will be placed. that is a positive. it is not placed on the victim at this point. we know that phil had issues in his administration. there was a past for friends of phil were sexual harassment claims were handled. it was also the past for
everyone else. what happened? the voices of those women were shredded. they died in that shredder. [bell] >> congressman, thank you. governor, would you advise your child or grandchild to go public with these allegations? mr. bredesen: today, with the sensitivity that we have to these issues, i certainly would, yes. i also understand that 30 years ago the conditions were different and someone might have felt differently. i also understand, remember, my wife is someone who has worked for 30 years with victims of sexual abuse in both women and children. she has taught me a lot about all the impediments that there are to women coming forward and all the reasons why someone might not step out at that particular point. i don't consider the fact of someone not coming forward at the time to be an issue at all in that regard.
in regard to the congressman talking about the stuff in my administration. we had an issue with someone. we got rid of that person the next day. we tried to help the victim every way we could. we do not maintain notes of those because they are public record. the reason we don't maintain notes is to help the victim. [bell] >> 30 seconds for rebuttal. ms. blackburn: what we know is that the women probably lost their job or they were told to resign. the guys got promoted. the friends of phil got promoted. some are probably sitting in the viewing room watching this debate this evening. it is imperative that women know that they will be listened to. one of the benefits of the me too movement is that our daughters and granddaughters know that they are going to be heard. >> governor, would you like to respond? mr. bredesen: i cannot imagine how you can possibly say that. it does not comport the facts.
the individual who performed these acts was gone the next day from the governor's office. the woman who was -- who had been assaulted, had all the support we could possibly give her any did not change her job in anyway. what you are saying is flat wrong. >> would you like to respond? ms. blackburn: it was reported in the associated press and in the tennessean so i guess what phil is saying is that the reporting was flat wrong. >> governor, 15 seconds? mr. bredesen: i certainly have nothing to add to that. i know what the facts of the matter are. that woman was protected in every way we knew how. >> thank you. richard. >> let's move on to health care. according to a recent poll by nbc news, one of the things tennessee voters care more about is health care. we know the three most popular aspects of the affordable care act are coverage for
pre-existing conditions, staying on your parents'health insurance until you are 26 years old, and the no lifetime cap. would you support making most -- making those provisions part of a future overhaul of the aca? mr. bredesen: those items are very important. the answer is, i will certainly support it. i was not a supporter of the aca when it came out. i believe that once it became the law of the land it was our obligation to move forward and support it. it has done a number of good things. one of the most important is this protection against pre-existing conditions. if you have those conditions today, it is really only a major corporation's health plan, or the affordable care act that provides any protection for those. when you do, as the congressman has done, which is to vote time
and time again to repeal the affordable care act without having anything to replace it, you are voting to remove the ability for anyone with pre-existing conditions to obtain health care. that is wrong. >> congressman blackburn, those three provisions that are so important to the public, what would you do about those three? ms. blackburn: actually, every plan i have voted for includes pre-existing conditions. that was a republican provision, as was older children staying on their parents plan. that is something that is going to stay there. we know if he had his way and hillary were president, he gave her $33,400, wanted her to be president, hillary clinton is the mother of government run health care. that is the concept that phil supports. he has written a book about it. talks about putting a 20% surcharge on your income in order to pay for it. tennesseans do not want government controlled health
care. tennesseans want to be able to make their health care decisions with their physician. that is something that i support. giving tennesseans that power. we know what the affordable care act has done to tennessee. today -- [bell] >> you have 30 seconds for a rebuttal. mr. bredesen: i have heard so much about this book. if you had actually read the book congressman, which i suspect you have not, in the introduction i talk about the importance of not having the congress and the leadership designing health plan for this country, but instead setting up the incentive so that the muscular economic system that we have in our country, and the creativity we have to and solve this problem for us. [bell] >> congressman blackburn, your turn. ms. blackburn: actually, he said washington democrats knew how to
solve health care. i think the private sector knows how to solve access to health care. he said this was barack obama's most significant achievement. health insurance has gone up 176% under the affordable care act. so many tennesseans have been priced out of the health insurance marketplace. we had 160,000 tennessee families have to pay the insurance penalty. >> as a follow-up, cost is an issue. governor, you say you are in favor of keeping those three provisions. how will you pay for them? mr. bredesen: that is the entire issue with having is how you pay for it. the aca was paid for with a -- various of things pieces and those are thing could be use as the basis for putting together a better system that is more responsive.
right now we have the affordable care act, 225,000 tennesseans who depend on it. your for all three of those provisions? >> these have been included in one of the things that has to be done is opening up the marketplace. the aca is unaffordable. open up the marketplace across state purchases something that will allow individuals and families to buy insurance that meets the needs at a price they can afford. clinton and hillary would like to have government run health care. let's talk about social security. this is the first time in decades the program will have to dip into its reserve to cover benefits.
projections from the board of trustees show the trust fund will be depleted by 2034, obviously a fix is needed. would you support raising the retirement age to maintain full benefits? >> one of the things we hear from our current seniors is why doesn't congress move forward and establish medicare and social security as the trust funds because of the long-term liabilities on these. making certain that we give our seniors assurance that these are going to stay in place and that their benefits are not going to be diminished. that is something that is very important. barack obama and called obamacare his most significant achievement and that took $700 billion out of the medicare trust fund. this is unfair to the seniors,
it is money that has come out of their agent, -- paychex, it should be there for them for their retirement needs. >> would you consider raising the cap? >> social security is a trust fund. nowas begun to dip into it and in another 10 or 15 years it will have done itself out. i do support in any way in essence reducing the benefits i either raising the age or any of the other mechanisms for doing that. i think we should do what ronald reagan did which is step up to a small increase in the social security tax to fully fund the trust fund. part of the strength of that program has always that it is properly funded and people can be assured of having those benefits when they are available.
the trust fund hospital part has problems as well as. these need to be dealt with in a host of ways and there's a lot of ways to reduce costs on that. social security does not operate as a trust fund as it should because they write an iou and put the money in the general fund and they spend it. fromk obama ran our debt 10 trillion to $21 trillion. my opinion that is something that is immoral. and the washington democrats would take us back to those policies and continue to spend that money. question but that the trust fund has been invested in treasury security. i think it is better to have the
money in treasury security than having a huge -- having the government owned large parts of the stock market. it is a trust fund, it is segregated in that sense and they have the most secure collateral available which is u.s. treasury security. >> time to talk about gun control. there has been a lot of debate about mental illness and guns. we have seen at least one incident here in tennessee where mental health has played a part in a mass shooting at a while paul house. we are going to do something a little different, we will give you both time to elaborate on your thoughts. first we want to get a show of hands, raise your hand if you are in favor of enhancing the red flag system which is that identifies people with suspicion of mental health issues as part of a background check gun
buyers. governor, we will start with you. ok. aree school shootings unbelievably difficult for this country. i think there are some bath -- basic things we can do including enhancing background checks, buterly funding and ics, also have a mechanized dax -- mechanism to identify people. place,h a thing been in i think two of these less school shootings could have been prevented.
when of the most effective things we can do to prevent these is to get serious about keeping the us out of people's hands. hand inessman grazer support of a red flag system. >> i think that we can protect the second amendment and also protect our citizens in public places. that is something we have done throughout our nation's history. i have supported in hansen the system.nhancing nobody wants someone who is a danger to themselves or others to have a firearm in their possession. mother, anda room have spent time in schools. you want to make certain those thoseen are safe, making resources available. i am endorsed by the fraternal order of police because they
know that i work carefully with them. i am also endorsed by the nra, i have a rating from them. phil and i both sought their endorsement. if you had the democrats in control and if hillary clinton was president you would see them taking away your guns. >> governor, 30 seconds for rebuttal. again thato reaffirm i have been a gun owner all of my life, i grew up in a world community. i have been a strong supporter of second amendment rights. i think the way we exercise those rights responsibly is by putting reasonable kinds of controls in place. i got crossways with the nra because i vetoed a bill that allowed people to carry guns in bars. i vetoed the bill and it made
them mad. york lasts in new ,ight with michael bloomberg who is one of the leading advocates for gun control in this country. i fully believe we can protect the second amendment and we can protect guns. you are right to own a gun. the democrats bring you judges , who says she does not think you have a fundamental right to own a gun area >> >> just last week president all --bump ban on stocks is coming. semi-automatic weapons to operate like a fully
automatic gun but some advocates oppose the president on this issue. would youconditions, consider restricting or banning military assault-style weapons or any device that could modify firearms in this way? >> this is something that the house has already done. one of the reason i am running for the senate is because the place is dysfunctional and they don't get around to taking up some of the things that are there that they ought to be taking up. stocks is ah bump great example of this. you have the nashville community, the music community very affected by this. if you have the democrats and the washington democrats in control they will tell you that one of the things that they want to do is to diminish your second amendment rights. that is what what -- that is not
what tennesseans want. he was at michael bloomberg's last night. controlthe focus of gun , tennesseans want to make certain that we do this the right way. governor, your turn. would you consider banning military assault style weapons or devices that can turn them into that? bump stocks turned them into weapons of our more dangerous than a straight military-style weapon. i believe that they should be banned. this is a good example of reasonable restrictions. i think the cat is out of the bag with the assault weapons between 10 and 20 million of them in the country today,
absent -- with that is a fact, i just can't see where that could also be practical. i know people who enjoy owning and using them for hunting and i don't think represent any danger to anyone. just reaffirming one more time that i strongly support the rights of any citizen to own weapons subject to reasonable restrictions like this. >> one of the things you want to do is make certain that we protect the second amendment. this is what tennesseans continue to say. let's protect people in our public spaces and make certain that we harden our schools, that we use new technology on those schools and that we protect the second amendment. i am again endorsed by the nra and have an eight rating from the nra and look forward to
continuing to work with the fraternal order of police and public safety. simply to say again that i believe that americans -- a lot of americans from all parts of , whooliticals doctrine enjoy and treasure the right to own arms understand that there should be reasonable restrictions on things like bump stocks and stuff we talked about like mental health. thank you. you are watching the tennessee senate debate and we are broadcasting live all across the state of tennessee. #tn senate debate.
we are back in a moment with more questions for the candidates. welcome back to the tenant -- tennessee senate debate in knoxville. i want to remind you to follow the # tn senate debate. kirsten.d to >> will start with a question about immigration. the president implemented a zero-tolerance policy for border security as a way to reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming into the united states. it included family separation. we know right now, several hundred children remain separated from their parents. do you believe this is an effective thing to discourage
illegal immigrants from coming into the united states. >> no, i do believe it was an i think itool, amounted to child abuse. i think it was a stain on our country's reputation. it is the sort of thing that will be studied in future years by students as an inappropriate. of american history. i hope we can reunite those children as rapidly as possible. strongly inry controlling our borders, there is no question. when i was governor, we were one of the first state to send troops to the arizona border to help in that process. i think there are much better ways of doing it than building out wall. in today's world with the technology, we can do it more effectively and wessex and this political theater. we do need to control our borders.
it is something we ought to be able to do in a bipartisan fashion. >> do you believe this was an effective tool to discourage illegal immigrants from coming into the country? wants to see families separated. this is an issue that i raised in 2014 when i visited some of these facilities. i brought to the attention the problems with the daca program. for a zero-tolerance policy is working. we have found that there are fewer drugs coming across the southern borders. this was released today. we know that if phil had his way and hillary was president, he wanted her to be president, he gave for 33,004 hundred dollars. the democrats have advocated for open borders for abolishing ice. we need to secure that border. he thinks that building that
wall is political theater. tennesseans want to see that wall built because open border policy should make every town a border town and every state a border state, certainly and tennessee. >> governor, 30 seconds to respond. >> you seem to have a crystal ball about talking about what i'm going to do when i am a senator. the same way it did as i was a governor which is independently. an equal opportunity offender of all parties in washington. i think we need some independence to try to decide what the best solution is as with all this ideological stuff than trying to set people against each other on these kinds of issues. it is time to get beyond that. >> response? we know that what the democrats have tried to do is wish to abolish ice.
we know these open border policies are something that have allowed ms 13 gangs into our communities, they make our communities last safe. sex and human trafficking, drug trafficking. this is something that washington democrats have pushed , a policy they have pushed, about was ice cap -- and open the borders. begin with you, you call the wall political theater. there is one estimate out there that says to build the physical wall would cause seven -- costs $70 million. all i think that is a huge amount of money to spend on anything like that. as being outkes me of the next sensory -- the last century.
we have electronic sensors, you are still going to have to have .roops i would put the money into sophisticated kinds of electronics. you willing to spend that estimated $70 billion on a physical wall russian mark >> just ask israel. when you look at the impact on and sex trafficking and human trafficking you know that it is imperative that we attack this country and that we secure that southern border. tois not political theater talk about building a wall and protecting this nation. driving certificates to 51,000 illegal aliens. >> are you willing to spend $70
billion for that wall? >> if it and set costing $70 billion what tennesseans say, bill the wall and secure our country because of the impact. an angeliting with mom. >> you are out of time. we need to move on. >> i have a question about bob corker. hisnt you to rate him on performance. excellent scale, a is , as is failure. we want to get your grade first. >> i would give senator corker and a. >> i would give him an a also. >> explained why you would give him the grade that you did. >> i have enjoyed working with senator corker on different
issues. sexof those is the issue of trafficking. this is something that has ductedd our states, can the largest thing that has been conducted. 22 people arrested in that sting. that sosomething affects our young women and when you hear the stories about how these traffickers prey on children that are in foster care, this is heartbreaking. i know that senator corker has worked hard on this issue and i appreciate that he has been diligent on this issue. i also know that if -- >> you also gave the senator and
a. >> he is obviously in a different party and there are issues on which we have a different take on what i admired about him is he was somebody who did his homework. a lot of senators go out and party in the evening, and bob sat down andways tried to figure out the answers to things. i thought his views on things, whether or not i agree with all of them were thoughtful and well thought out and that he provided a useful perspective. i had a lot of interaction with him during the time i was governor on economic development kinds of issues. when we were working for both reagan to come to the state, he was helpful in that and played a huge role in doing that. it is something that i feel like i know a lot about and very much would like to do with senator alexander and whoever is governor because that is effective not -- as
effectiveness really works. >> you gave that grade does by criticism. he gave myself an endorsement of you. learning on the republican side of the isle. i think that is important to do and senator alexander tells a great story about making certain stays on the that republican side of the auto. we don't want to go over there with the washington democrats. phil would set that desk up and it would be between bernie sanders and elizabeth warned. you,nator corker said of he is a friend and a very good mayor and governor and very good business person.
some might think that you are , he is not campaigning against you all that hard. i think i would have said the same thing before. i have known him for a long time , i don't agree with him on every single issue but i think he was a good senator for the state. he especially in the area of foreign relations. he performed a service for the country. that would be migrated. our country is very divided politically. some call it tribal, two sides no middle. politicalicious campaign asked, we see it here. your opponent say you will never oppose donald trump on anything. oppose chuckr schumer on anything. voters don't like it and nothing
gets done. why do you believe this has become the atmosphere during this election cycle and how do change it? standard.become the i am sad to see that. we have in our country, especially when we deal with the big things, done them on a bipartisan basis. social security, medicare, civil right act was bipartisan. i think we need to get back to that especially in dealing with some of these big issues. we have been talking about immigration, it is a huge issue that has been developing for 30 or 40 years. there are 10 or 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. i think we have to stop making , andinto a tribal issue settled out and use that.
forward is about leadership and this is a great opportunity how to lead and work together. that is something i have a solid record of doing whether it is in --lecommunications policy, establishing space force is something whose time has come. when you look at the utilization of all of the new technology that is out there you look at
fort campbell which is here in our state and how they have been where we have the opportunity to bring part of .his to our state you know part of it will be in opportunity tohe bring some of it here and we should. when you talk about 21st-century warfare and you talk to the men tell you soey will much of our fighting will be done in the virtual space. neurons dotion of you support spending the month this type of money on the space force? let me say have important and
well and just taking money out of the military that they needed to go do their mission. that's what you had. >> your response, governor? >> i'm not proposing a campaign putting cash on pallets and sending it to our enemies. i think this is a serious strengthour military and i am very open to the idea of changing things but i want to do it very carefully. ,e have a successful military let's not mess around until we know what we are doing. ford announced it will be cutting its workforce by as much as 12% due in part to the tariffs on steel. here in tennessee, all of the republican officials have criticized the terraces --
tariffs, while in tennessee last week president trump unveiled his new nafta plan. this is designed to help tennessee dairy farm, but congress still needs to vote on this. , andu support this idea doesn't do enough for tennessee? >> i certainly support it. i think it is more of a rebranded nafta then anything significantly different -- different. the steelant thing and aluminum tariffs are vastly more inferential than the dairy and other thing are. yearse spent over 30 building up a strong automotive industry with a lot of employment here in our state. these are really threatening our industry, when you hear from
leaders in the automotive industry they are scared to death what that will do to long-term investment here at our state. the other concern i have about the changes to nafta is that we got some benefits but we burned a lot of bridges and caused a lot of hard feelings and mistrust. this is not a real estate deal where people walk away. the youessman you said are not a fan of these terrorists. of tariffs.t a fan i have spent a lot of time advocating for amanda for -- manufacturers. what you have is a lot of those in auto parts, manufacturing and aftermarket auto parts. industries are very helpful like this. our dairy farmers also like
this. what they didn't like was the trade policies from barack obama and hillary clinton and brought about some of these provisions that did not serve them well that cut off markets instead of expanding markets. our farmers want to make certain that they have bilateral trade agreements. so would many of our producers. they are hopeful that you will see our european agreement soon. need to be done for these tariffs that are hurting tennessee businesses? >> i believe these are a job killing tax on tennessee businesses. we have issues with china, intellectual property, that need to be dealt with one-on-one and not through these broad actions like putting these tariffs in place. that theseic impact
are having, it is starting to hit in some places. >> congressman, the final word. warhina has had a trade with us for decades. we had better be sure that we win this trade war. i am so pleased that we have china at the table talking because we need to bring those jobs back. look what happened under bill clinton with nafta. tennesseans lost jobs in this state and now we need to bring them back. under the policies of hillary clinton -- ,> final question for you both we all know the polls are tight in this race but the bottom line is, november 6 only one of you on the stage is going to be senator-elect. give a yes or no response from each of you and then you can
elaborate. will tennessee be in good hands if your opponent is elected to the u.s. senate? i think it would be in better hands with me. >> governor your response? ispart of what we have to do accept the outcomes of elections so i would say yes, it will be fine. >> tennesseans want to make certain that they will have to have somebody who will be there to take her tennessee -- take their tennessee values to washington, d.c. phil has told us he's running to end the dry spell for democrats in tennessee. and he had wanted hillary clinton to be president. she called us deplorable. he told us go roll up your sleeves, go to work for her, gave her $33,400. that is not the agenda people want. they do not want democrats in control of the senate.
they do not want dianne feinstein running judiciary. they do not want bernie sanders running the budget committee. they do not want elizabeth warren running the senate finance committee. they do not want senator lamar alexander to give his chairmanship up and give it over to patty murray, a leading advocate for government run single-payer health care. tennesseans want someone who is going to work hard to make certain that donald trump's agenda gets done, because they voted for that agenda. they -- richard: governor bredesen, why did you give the answer you gave? mr. bredesen: i did not possibly think you could beat the number of mentions he made of chuck schumer, but i believe you have with hillary clinton here tonight. let me say, i have talked during this campaign about the need to stop the tribalism and come together. and i guess, you know, the logical extension is you have a campaign like this, it is hard-fought, there are hard feelings and so on, but when it is over, it needs to be over. and that is why i said that.
if it turns out that my opponent wins this election, which i don't think is going to happen but certainly might, i think it is important for all tennesseans, democrats and republicans, to sort of gather around and support and try to help her be the best senator she possibly can be. richard: thank you. bob: we appreciate it, and that concludes our questions. now you get 30 seconds each for a closing closing statement. governor bredesen, you go first. mr. bredesen: i do think this is a simple election. if you like washington the way it is today and the partisanship and the lines in the sand, i am not your guy. you have got somebody who has got a lot of experience, 16 years and is good at it. if you want to start moving things forward and changing things, and bringing some fresh air in to the place, get some things done, i think that is my record. i would be proud to represent tennessee once again. you have heard me say that i am applying for the job, and i want to say right now, i am ready for
it. bob: thank you, governor. congressman. rep. blackburn: you have seen two very different visions of how tennesseans would be represented tonight. i am going to take tennessee values to washington, dc to represent you. phil will support the clinton agenda, the washington democrats. i am going to be there to make certain that i get judges right every time, because i will. i am going to support your second amendment. i am going to make certain that our borders are secure. i am going to support making certain you keep your tax cuts. bob: congressman elect burn, governor bredesen, thank you again very much. kristin: ok, everyone. that concludes the debate. i am kristin farley, thank you for joining us, and have a good night. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> c-span's 2018 debate coverage
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