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  Bredesen won't back Schumer as Democratic leader
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Last EditedEastTexasDem  Sep 26, 2018 12:08am
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AuthorJames Arkin
News DateWednesday, September 26, 2018 01:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionTennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen said at a debate Tuesday that if he is elected to the Senate, he would not back Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to continue as Democrats' leader.

Bredesen made the announcement during the opening statements of his first debate with the Republican nominee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Bredesen said Washington had become "hyperpartisan" and blamed current leadership in both parties.

"You've heard a lot recently of this campaign about me, about these crazy ideas about if somehow I'm elected and go to Washington, suddenly I'm going to turn my back on a whole lifetime of thinking for myself and being independent and suddenly become some kind of a political lackey," Bredesen said. "That's not going to happen for a bunch of reasons. One of them is that I think a lot of the problem in Washington is with the leadership that we have there now. Whether it be [Speaker Paul] Ryan or [Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi or [Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell or Schumer, they're not doing the job.
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