"We all know Washington is broken", Bredesen said in a video announcing his decision this morning.
Bredesen made the announcement via a YouTube video and established a Twitter account.
Phil Bredesen is set to officially enter the race for U.S. Senate, setting up a blockbuster election for the seat to be vacated by Sen.
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Bredesen served as governor of Tennessee in 2003 through 2011.
Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, a state that famously turned its back on favorite son Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election in favor of Republican George W. Bush. Before his two terms in the state house, he was Nashville mayor from 1991 to 1999.
A former Nashville mayor and self-made millionaire, Bredesen cited a lack of "quality" jobs and a need to fix the Affordable Care Act well as address the nation's soaring deficit, spending by Congress and the opioid "crisis".
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I've learnt that the players have a thirst for success and a determination to turn things around. We need nine wins now. "Hopefully after Saturday it'll be eight".
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Congressman Stephen Fincher and Dr. Rolando Toyos have all announced their intentions to seek the GOP nomination.
In October, political analyst Charlie Cook of The Cook Political report said Tennessee's Senate race would become a toss-up if Bredesen runs and that the seat would likely remain Republican if he did not. "Marsha is the only true conservative in this race who will ensure liberal Bredesen doesn't block President Trump's agenda in Washington".
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