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Candidates Battle to Fill Frist’s Tennessee Senate Seat

In what is becoming one of this cycle's most competitive Senate races, Republican Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., remain neck and neck to replace retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Call it the Tennessee toss-up. Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, the Republican, versus Memphis Congressman Harold Ford, the Democrat, two candidates who in age, race, and political experience could not be more different.

    BOB CORKER (D), Candidate for U.S. Senate: Hey, how are you all? Good to see you! Thank you. It's good to see you all.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Corker, 54 years old, spent most of his career building a successful commercial real estate business.

  • CAMPAIGN RALLY SPEAKER:

    Give it up for the next senator from the state of Tennessee, Harold Ford, Jr.!

  • GWEN IFILL:

    While 36-year-old Ford has already spent a decade in the House of Representatives. The job they are competing for is the open Senate seat being vacated by Majority Leader Bill Frist. It's one of the choicest plums for either party this year.

  • MARCUS POHLMANN, Rhodes College:

    You're looking at possibly the first African-American ever elected statewide in Tennessee, only the fourth ever elected in the United States Senate in the entire nation.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Add to that the fact that Tennessee has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 16 years, and you have a dogfight. Every poll shows Corker and Ford within a point or two of each other.

  • BOB CORKER:

    All my life, right here with you, I've been doing things to solve problems and really thrown myself in to try and to make a difference in people's lives. It's hard to discern my opponent ever having done that. He's a great talker, and I give him credit for that, a great talker.

    Look, I know I'm not as good looking as my opponent. But when it comes to solving problems, you guys know that you can count on me to do that every single day in the United States Senate.

    REP. HAROLD FORD (D), Candidate for U.S. Senate: We will wake up on November 7th, and the only history we will make on November 7th is that everybody in Tennessee will have them a United States senator who will look out for them, who will stand up for them, who will love them, and who will represent them. Thank you, and God bless you!