The Latest: Bredesen promises not to vote for Schumer

The Latest: Bredesen promises not to vote for Schumer
Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen and Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn speak at the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate Debate at Cumberland University Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Lebanon, Tenn. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate debate in Tennessee (all times local):

6 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says he would not vote for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer should he beat Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in November.

Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, made the promise during a debate Tuesday while criticizing the overall leadership in Congress, explaining he will continue to think for himself if elected to the Senate.

This is the first debate between the two candidates, which has attracted national attention after incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican, announced he would not seek re-election. The race could be pivotal for the slim 51-49 Republican Senate majority.

Blackburn kicked off the debate by criticizing Bredesen’s opposition to the federal tax cut, arguing that the cuts are working to benefit people across Tennessee.

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3:15 a.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to face off in their first debate in a critical race for U.S. Senate in Tennessee.

The two rivals will debate Tuesday evening at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Hosts include The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, WTVF-TV and WNPT-TV. The event will be broadcast live.

The race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker could be pivotal for the slim 51-49 Republican Senate majority.

A second debate has also been confirmed for Oct. 10 at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy in Knoxville.