Celebrity politicians stump in Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Celebrity politicians stump in Tennessee

U.S. Senate candidates Bob Corker and Harold Ford, Jr. are using political firepower to draw voters to the polls.

Sunday morning, Ford held a rally in downtown Nashville. Barack Obama, America's only African American Senator, urged the crowd to help Ford join him.

"People of every stripe, people of every color, people of every nationality, people of every faith are gathered here today to celebrate a young man who's going to keep us moving towards the future," said Obama.

Sunday night, Corker stood with Senator John McCain in Nashville. McCain called on Republican supporters to mobilize the masses to head to the polls.

In a Memphis news conference Sunday, Ford said the Democratic Party is rallying for change. "Republicans have been in charge for six years uninterrupted. The president, the Congress, the Senate. For 12 years, they've controlled the House and the Senate. In the real world, we'd have fired all of them by now," he said.

Corker says the spotlight on the race shows Tennessee holds weight in the larger scheme. "This tremendous national attention has made people in our state feel very important as it rates to their vote andthey know that Tennessee plays a big role in our nation's future," he said.

With control of the Senate at stake both Republicans and Democrats say voter turnout is crucial.

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