Haslam ad invokes names of Tennessee's famous democrats - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Haslam ad invokes names of Tennessee's famous democrats

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By Joe Birch - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - By the end of a busy election season, many television viewers grow tired of negative campaign ads. But the Tennessee governor's race features an upbeat sport that takes an unorthodox twist.

The ad, for Republican Bill Haslam, celebrates Tennessee as it invokes the names of two of the state's famous democrats.

"Great leaders like Ned McWherter (and) Phil Bredesen," the ad states.

Haslam's opponent, Jackson businessman Mike McWherter, found the choice to name the two men ironic.

"I did think it's fairly ironic that my opponent would be citing my father and Gov. Bredesen both as great leaders, when they both obviously have endorsed me and are backing me in my candidacy," he said.

McWherter is trying to follow in his father's footsteps into the Tennessee governor's office.  Ned Ray McWherter was elected in 1986, and served two terms. Democrat Phil Bredesen will complete his second term in January.

"I regard Ned McWherter as a great leader," Mike McWherter said. "I regard Phil Bredesen as a great leader, and I take it as a huge compliment that they have both been so active in my campaign."

According to Haslam, other great leaders are named in the spot.

"The truth is, in Tennessee, we've had great leaders. I pointed several out there," he said. "I also pointed out Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and could have gone to Howard Baker, who is our campaign chair."

Haslam says he wants to align his campaign with problem solvers, regardless of party affiliation.

"We have a history of great leaders who say it's going to be about solving problems, and that's what our next Governor better do," he said.

In addition to Haslam and McWherter, 14 other people are running for Tennessee Governor as independent candidates.

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