In a newly released video by conservative activist James O'Keefe, staffers for Tennessee Democratic senatorial candidate Phil Bredesen tell O'Keefe's undercover reporters that the Democratic senatorial candidate had publicly "lied" about his supposed support for Brett Kavanaugh because he believed it would win over some of the moderate Republican vote.
In a secretly recorded exchange, two staffers for Bredesen's campaign explained that while Bredesen said publicly that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, that was just a "political move" that Bredesen felt necessary because he was 8 points behind Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn and a strong majority of Tennesseans wanted to see Kavanaugh confirmed.
"Like, he wouldn’t really vote yes [for Kavanaugh,] would he?" an undercover reporter asked.
"No, it’s a political move," said one of Bredesen's field organizers. "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."
"I was so confused because I just can’t believe he would actually vote [for Kavanaugh]," said the reporter.
"He wouldn’t," said another staffer. "But he’s saying he would … Which I don’t know if it makes it worse or better. No, it makes it better … "
When the reporter asked the first staffer if Bredesen's claim that he'd vote for Kavanaugh was simply an attempt to "get the Republican vote," she said, "Yes."
"He thought that like by coming out in support [of Justice Kavanaugh] that it would get more Republicans on his side," she explained. "He wasn’t doing as well in the rural parts."
Bredesen has received some more buzz recently after singer Taylor Swift came out in support of him, the first time she's ever publicly supported a political candidate.
Despite Bredesen's claim that he would support Kavanaugh, the "Kavanaugh Effect" appears to be hitting him particularly hard. After leading several polls prior to Democrats promoting uncorroborated accusations against Kavanaugh, the Democrat now trails by 5 points and 8 points in two recent polls by Fox News and CBS News/YouGov, respectively.