Blackburn, Bredesen to face off in Knoxville Senate debate airing on News 2 Oct. 10.


U.S. Senate candidates Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen will face off in a debate in Knoxville on Oct. 10.

The candidates will meet in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center on the University of Tennessee campus at 7 p.m. Central

The debate will be broadcast statewide, and here in Nashville, you can watch it on WKRN News 2. 

On Friday afternoon, representatives from each campaign met at the News 2 studios to determine who will get the first question of the night. They drew cards. The winner was former governor Phil Bredesen.

Bredesen, the Democrat, and Blackburn, a Republican congresswoman, have also confirmed a Sept. 25 debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

Bredesen has agreed to additional debates in Memphis and Chattanooga. Blackburn’s campaign says she can’t make the Memphis one due to a scheduling conflict, drawing criticism from Bredesen.

Blackburn’s campaign hasn’t weighed in on the Chattanooga event.

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

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