Midterms are coming up and that means more and more people are starting to pay attention to the candidates. For one Tennessee Democrat, it’s not looking so hot.
Down in the polls and looking for a way to gain back ground, Senate candidate Phil Bredesen launched an ad that is full of trickery and has the NRA demanding a retraction.
With hopes of swaying more conservative voters, the former Tennessee governor tweeted out his latest last-ditch-effort, saying, “I’ve been a lifelong gun owner. As Governor I had an “A” rating from the NRA.”
"I’ve been a life long gun owner. As Governor i had an “a” rating from the NRA." pic.twitter.com/dVwoPmTkEu
— Phil Bredesen (@PhilBredesen) October 11, 2018
What’s the problem with that? Bredesen no longer holds that “A” rating. His current “D” rating isn’t even close.
And this isn’t the first time Bredesen has used this very same ad. In late September, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund released a statement asking for its retraction, claiming it “misleads voters by claiming [Bredesen] supports the Second Amendment”.
Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF and executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, added that, “Phil Bredesen is a ‘D’ rated candidate, and he will not protect our constitutional rights in Washington, D.C. Tennesseans should not be fooled by his false and misleading campaign ads.”
An example of Bredesen’s lack of 2nd Amendment support can be seen by his support of the criminalization of private firearm transfers “between lifelong friends and many family members.” He also supports the idea of a federal gun database and “refuses to oppose burdensome and unnecessary restrictions on ammunition”.
What’s worse? As governor, he vetoed protections for concealed carry permit holders and opposed the right for law-abiding citizens of the state to carry a firearm for self-defense.
Guess we know why his rating was dropped.
According to RealClearPolitics, Republican Senate candidate and current Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is five and a half points ahead of Bredesen.
This is just another reminder to do your research before hitting the voting box. Some politicians love to twist words and release misleading ads. Don’t be fooled, do your research. Then get out and vote!