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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh
Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is urging that a confirmation vote go forward on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite allegations raised by a woman who now publicly accuses the nominee of having sexually assaulted her while in high school. But Democrat Phil Bredesen is calling for another Senate hearing on the allegations. A CNN poll shows Bredesen with the support of 50 percent of Tennessee voters and Blackburn with 45 percent. In a statement, Congressman Blackburn called the allegations made in a letter written by Christine Blasey Ford that is now being raised by Senate Democrats, a "delay tactic" and a "smear." "Dr. Ford should testify under oath, and Senator [Chuck] Grassley should proceed with the vote as scheduled," Blackburn said. "[Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck Schumer has bought and paid for Phil Bredesen's campaign. Chuck Schumer is telling the Democrats to delay while they attempt an 11th hour smear of Judge Kavanaugh, and Phil Bredesen is already doing what he's told to do." Earlier, Bredesen tweeted that "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford should be heard. If U.S senators are not going to give a careful and thorough consideration of Supreme Court nominees, then I don't know what they think their job is." Meanwhile, the man both Blackburn and Bredesen are battling to succeed, Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Chattanooga, says if Dr. Ford wants to testify publicly, there should be a delay on the confirmation vote.

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