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Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

“I joined the Army after 9/11 because I felt like I had to do more and I entered this U.S. Senate race eight months ago because I felt called to public service,” said James. “Public service is under attack when extremists like Marsha Blackburn vote to end AmeriCorps. Washington is broken. No one is working for Tennesseans and we need people who are going to work for common sense solutions. This is the time for unity and there is no time to waste which is why I am happy to be endorsing Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate.”

My candidacy for U.S. Senate has never been about me but about service to the country I love.

Eight months ago, I resigned from my job and stepped forward to run because I saw politics as usual in Washington hurting Tennesseans, with no one willing to challenge a two-term incumbent who was not representing our values.

On issue after issue, hardened partisans chose to focus on what divides us rather than working together and finding common ground on the major issues of the day: healthcare, education, jobs and the economy. This year alone we’ve seen two major bills crafted behind closed doors without any input from the American people that will have devastating consequences.