Press Release
| Michael McAdams

Phil Bredesen’s foggy memory

Phil Bredesen launched a new ad today touting his efforts creating jobs in Tennessee. But there’s a major problem – it didn’t happen like Bredesen remembers.

While Bredesen was Governor the unemployment rate nearly DOUBLED. So while Bredesen claims he knows how to ‘fix it,’ Tennesseans know that he watched as nearly 150,000 Tennesseans were sent to the unemployment line.

“Phil Bredesen’s got a lot of nerve claiming he knows how to create jobs when the opposite happened under his watch,” said NRSC Spokesman Michael McAdams. “Whether it’s saving their tax cuts or spurring job creation, Tennessee voters know they can’t trust Phil Bredesen to protect their economic interests.”

Background:

During Bredesen’s Tenure As Governor, The Unemployment Rate In Tennessee Increased From 5.1 Percent To 9.5 Percent

The Unemployment Rate When Phil Bredesen Took Office In January 2003 Was 5.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Of Labor, Accessed 5/23/18)

The Unemployment Rate When Phil Bredesen Left Office In January 2011 Was 9.5 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Of Labor, Accessed 5/23/18)

During Bredesen’s Tenure As Governor, The Number Of Unemployed Tennesseans Increased From 149,524 To 296,405 (98 Percent Increase)

The Number Of Unemployed Tennesseans When Phil Bredesen Took Office In January 2003 Was 149,524.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Of Labor, Accessed 5/23/18)

The Number Of Unemployed Tennesseans When Phil Bredesen Left Office In January 2011 Was 296,405.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Of Labor, Accessed 5/23/18)