Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, announced on Wednesday that she will participate in the October 10 debate with former Gov. Phil Bredesen hosted in Knoxville by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and Nexstar Media Group, including WKRN (Nashville), WATE (Knoxville), WATN (Memphis), WJHL (Tri Cities), and WJKT (Jackson) as part of the campaign’s debate schedule.
“From immigration to taxes, Phil Bredesen and I have serious policy differences that will drastically affect how Tennesseans are represented in the United States Senate,” said Marsha Blackburn. “I look forward to highlighting our significant policy differences at this debate, and I am grateful for the event’s organizers and volunteers, who have worked to put it together.”
It is the second debate invitation she has accepted.
On Monday, Blackburn announced she will participate in the September 25 debate hosted in Lebanon by the Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, News Channel 5 (WTVF), Nashville Public Television, and Cumberland University as part of the campaign’s debate schedule.
Bredesen announced earlier this month that he had accepted debate invitations in all the state’s Grand Divisions, beginning with one on Sept. 13 in Memphis.
Abbi Sigler, a Blackburn spokeswoman, said there was a scheduling conflict on that date and that Blackburn would not make it.
Bredesen’s campaign press secretary criticized Blackburn for not accepting the Memphis debate.
“Just like Knoxville and East Tennessee, Memphis and West Tennessee have specific issues that are important to them,” press secretary Alyssa Hansen wrote in response to the Knoxville announcement. “We hope that Congressman Blackburn feels the same way and reconsiders.”