Phil Doubles Down on Kavanaugh Non-Answers

Sept. 14, 2018 -- Phil Bredesen likes to say he's good at making tough decisions, and that he can stand up to his own Democratic Party. But his continued refusal to take a stand on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court shows exactly the opposite.


In July he said he'd have to wait for the hearings to make a decision. But after the multiple days of hearings concluded, he says he didn't watch them.  

When asked by the press, he's delayed and demurred time after time - just like party boss Chuck Schumer told him to.

At a recent event the crowd even gave him the opportunity to give a clean yes or no answer. He gave a four-minute-long non-answer, but the most telling part was, “There is no right answer there, whichever one I give half of the people that are for me are going to be opposed to the answer and there’s no good answer there."

That's not leadership. That's not standing up to one's own party. That's running away from a tough decision.

Phil Bredesen says he owes it to voters to say where he stands. 57 days after Kavanaugh's nomination, voters are still waiting.

"Confirming justices to the Supreme Court is one of the most important aspects of being a U.S. Senator, yet Tennesseans can't get a straight answer from Phil Bredesen on this critical issue," says Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden. "If he's 'applying for the job,' he's certainly failing the interview."