NASHVILLE - The nonpartisan political organization PolitiFact is rating as "mostly false" a television and digital attack ad launched last week by the Senate Leadership Fund against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.
The Republican super PAC, formed by allies of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, charges in its $1.2 million ad buy that the former Tennessee governor backs a "single-payer" health care system that "amounts to a government take over."
"Phil Bredesen is on record supporting single-payer health care," a female narrator says in the 30-second spot. "He even wrote a book pushing socialized medicine."
The ad shows a copy of Bredesen's 2010 book "Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System."
Bredesen, who is vying with Republican Marsha Blackburn in the Nov. 6 election to replace retiring Republican Sen.