Local 24 political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on Wednesday night’s debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate in Tennessee.
A month ago, I was among those complaining that there would be only two debates between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen in their hotly contested race for the U.S. senate. But now, I can say with certainty, that two was more than enough.
The second and final debate which aired last night on Local 24 gave us mostly inadequate answers to very relevant questions.
Blackburn spent virtually the entire time skirting around very direct questions about healthcare, gun safety, immigration, and the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. Instead, she used almost every question to link Bredesen to Hillary Clinton, repeatedly reminding us that Bredesen in the past contributed money to Clinton’s political campaigns. Newsflash: so did Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Bredesen reminded us that he did not win back-to-back terms as Governor by being a dynamic debater. He appeared extremely uncomfortable on the stage, particularly when answering questions about his belated support for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Despite his unease, Bredesen did a better job giving specific answers on such issues as restrictions to firearms, separating immigrant children from their parents, and building a border wall, which he called political theater.
Recent polls show Blackburn ahead. But if voters were planning to make up their minds using the debates, they will have to decide based on style, or lack thereof. Because the candidates produced very little substance. And that’s my point of view.