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O’KEEFE: TN Dem Senate Campaign Says Their Candidate is Lying About Kavanaugh Support

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In a bombshell video, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas exposes the Tennessee Senate campaign for Democrat Phil Bredensen, showing on film how they are misleading voters on his true feelings on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The video shows his staffers explaining his reasoning for claiming he would support Kavanaugh’s confirmation. And it’s all politics.

One staffer explains how Bredensen saw falling poll numbers as a sign that he needed to try to pick up rural conservative voters. They feel as though his support would be a net positive to the campaign, as he would be seen as more moderate, and less liberal. That is seen as necessary to counter his opponent, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is endorsed by President Trump.

Two staffers, Maria Amalla and Will Stewart explained it in an exchange with a Project Veritas journalist.

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JOURNALIST: “Like he wouldn’t really vote yes [for Kavanaugh,] would he?

AMALLA: “No, it’s a political move… He thinks that like we’re down like half a point right now. It’s like really close and we’re losing by a point or two. So he thinks that if like by saying this he’s appealing to more moderate republicans and he’ll get more of them to vote for us.”

JOURNALIST: “I was so confused because I just can’t believe he would actually vote [for Kavanaugh.]

STEWART: “He wouldn’t. But he’s saying he would… Which I don’t know if it makes it worse or better. No, it makes it better…”

Stewart goes so far as to claim that Bredensen would not win unless he supported Kavanaugh, agreeing that Tennessee voters are “ignorant.”

Bredensen staffers also made it clear he was trying to avoid broadcasting his connection to the Senate Democrats. Another staffer, Drew Marshall, explained why.

MARSHALL: “We would scare all the people who would vote for Phil Bredesen, but not [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck Schumer.”

STEWART: “Yeah, exactly, because there’s a lot of republicans who are going to vote for [Bredesen…]”

STEWART: “Yeah. And that’s how they’re messaging against us… that he’s gonna be a ‘toe the line’ democrat voter… Because there are people who loved him as Governor but won’t vote for a democrat for national office.”

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