published Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Bredesen could beat Corker for Senate seat, poll finds

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    In this file photo, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen talks with then Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, left, at the Enterprise South Industrial Park construction site.
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NASHVILLE — A new survey of 500 Tennessee voters finds U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is “strongly favored” for re-election unless former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen decides to run against him.

The poll by Public Policy Polling, which has done surveys including Democratic candidates, says Bredesen, who left office last month, beats Corker by 46 percent to 41 percent with 12 percent saying they were “undecided.”

Only 42 percent of Tennesseans approved of Corker’s job performance while 36 disapproved and 23 percent were not sure, according to the poll.

Sixty-three percent had a favorable view of Bredesen while 19 percent had an unfavorable view and 18 percent were undecided.

The problem for Democrats is that Bredesen has said he does not intend to seek elected office.

Corker did far better in matchups with former Vice President Al Gore — Corker has 53 percent to 38 percent for Gore. With U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., the matchup was 50-32 percent. And he would handily defeat his one-time nemesis, former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., whom Corker narrowly defeated in 2006, with Corker garnering 55 percent to Ford’s 32 percent.

The survey of voters was conducted Feb. 9-13. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percent, according to Public Policy Polling.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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Rivieravol said...

I have all the respect in the world for Governor Bredesen but if he ran for the Senate he is just another vote for Harry Reid and Chuckless Schumer.

No way he beats Senator Corker with the Democrat anvil tied around his neck.

February 15, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

Part of the reason Bredesen has polled so high is because he would be new to the process (at least in Washington)...everyone else that has been listed are all entrenched Washington re-treads...no one that has been, or currently is in, Washington is going to rank very high.

The reason? The majority doesn't like any of them. Why? Because most of them spend their time in Washington complaining about the other side and instead of actually doing something (or, at least, that is the perception). No one's hands are clean...the far right is just as bad as the far left, leaving the big majority in the middle with no voice. This isn't as much about Democrats and Republicans, as it is about shaking things up overall...both parties are in desperate need of new blood.

I have no major problem with Corker, I voted for him...but I can see why people clamor for something different as he is now viewed as "one of the establishment" in Washington.

Being part of the establishment is as big an "anvil" as party affiliation.

February 15, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
Rivieravol said...

Great points North Chatter. I think we are very fortunate to have people like Corker and Bredesen who enter politics at a later age after being very successful in the private sector.

Hopefully the days of a Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy and Ted Stevens are gone forever.

February 15, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

I would be overjoyed if Governor Emeritus Bredesen ran for Senate. He did an awesome job as governor. We would be overjoyed if he ran for the US Senate.

As a Democrat among many local Democrats who celebrated the election of President Obama: really, we are just sick to death of these same ole Bush-era Republican politics. We need someone to represent our state with the sensibility and leadership that it deserves, not the reactionary running away from problems that Senators Corker and Alexander are carrying out now.

Phil Bredesen: finally, an intelligent choice for Senate.

Senator Corker, while mayor of Chattanooga, essentially re-wrote the traffic laws in the city to boost his commercial property values. His predecessor and successor have done little better.

Governor Bredesen at least made an attempt to take care of our people. He provided rational compromises when needed, and outstanding leadership and support when the moment was right.

Phil Bredesen would make an outstanding US Senator. Replace Bob Corker's rubber stamp for the Bush Era Tax Cuts for the Wealthy with Phil Bredesen's demonstrated leadership today.

Phil Bredesen for Senator.

February 15, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Bredesen should pack his carpet bags and go home.

February 15, 2011 at 6:59 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

You make a good point rivieravol...I would prefer to have representation from people who have actually been successful in business...or at least worked in a real job...as opposed to career politicians.

I am immediately suspicious of ladder climbing career politicians. When I was at UTC, I was a member of Student Government and there was always this small group of students who took everything ultra seriously (I was respectfully, but come on, is college SGA)...all of them wanted a career in government or as a lobbyist, or working for the Dem/Rep party. Trust me, those are the last people I want being in charge. They would turn a simple decision into a two hour debate. I swear, to them, it was "practice" for later life.

One of them ended up a state representative (and also spent a little time in jail)...scary part is, I actually like him (he wasn't anywhere near "the worst" of the lot)..the rest scattered, most ending up in D.C.

February 17, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.

jpo, I so appreciate your point of view. Mirrors mine exactly.

April 23, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
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