Democratic senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who served as the governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011, recently released a campaign ad in which he touts his alleged "A" rating from the NRA.
Listen very carefully to the language he uses in the commercial:
"Growing up, I was taught to always think for myself. My support of the Second Amendment is a good example. It’s definitely not always popular, but it’s the way of life I grew up with — so did many of you," Bredesen states. "I’ve been a lifelong gun owner. As governor, I had an 'A' rating from the NRA. Real independence, and not party politics, that’s what’s best for Tennessee."
While governor of Tennessee, Bredesen actually did have an "A" rating from the NRA. However, according to executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action Chris Cox, Bredesen now has a "D" rating:
The NRA has asked Bredesen to pull the ad, calling it "false and misleading." In an article concerning the issue, the NRA states in part:
He supports criminalizing private firearm transfers between lifelong friends and many family members. He also supports a federal gun database and refuses to oppose burdensome and unnecessary restrictions on ammunition. As governor, Phil Bredesen vetoed protections for concealed carry permit holders and opposed allowing law-abiding Tennesseans to carry a firearm for self-defense in the manner that best suits their needs.
If sent to Washington, Bredesen will not "think for himself," as his ad states. Instead, he will support the Schumer/Pelosi gun control agenda and vote to restrict the freedoms of law-abiding Americans.
According to CNBC, former mayor of New York City and founder of anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety Michael Bloomberg will host a fundraiser for Bredesen on October 9.
As of publication, Bredesen’s ad has not been pulled from the campaign’s official YouTube account. The Daily Wire reached out to the Bredesen campaign multiple times for comment, but we have received no reply.