Ford and Corker tailgate at UT-LSU game

Ford and Corker tailgate at UT-LSU game

November 4, 2006

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Along with football, politics had many fans divided on the UT campus on Saturday.

Candidates running for U.S. Senate, Republican Bob Corker and his opponent, Democrat Harold Ford, Jr., made campaign stops on campus right before the Tennessee-LSU game started.

Both candidates were stumping for last minute votes, both feeling optimistic about a win on election day.

Corker told 6 News he has enjoyed campaigning. "I've loved being with people all across the state and they're saying that there's a clear choice, a choice between two people that could not have lived different lives, and have a different view of what makes our country stronger, safer, and more prosperous."

Ford said he's positive about the way he's ending run for Senate.

"We're excited about the note that we're ending this campaign on. First of all, it's positive and constructive. All the ads we've run, and all the ads we will run between now and the remainder of the campaign will lay out a positive vision. They will lay out a call for change."

With two days remaining before election day, you can expect to see more political advertisements flooding the airwaves.

Both candidates have pumped more money into their campaign. Corker invested $2 million of his own wealth into his, while Ford received almost a $1 million in financial support from John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.

Corker says he decided to spend more money to counter attacks from national Democratic organizations eager to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

"I want Tennesseans to decide this race, not Northeastern liberals, and I think he knows that," Corker said. "Them coming to his rescue the way they have, it's going to hurt him in this race."

Ford criticizes Corker's use of his own personal wealth to try and win the seat.

"I don't know of any Tennesseans who can write a $4.5 million check to their own campaign. $4.5 million represents what average Tennessee household would have to work 200 years uninterrupted without paying taxes to earn that."

Both candidates are also critical of the way their opponent ran this race, blaming each other for  the negative tone that dominated this race.

Corker says he's proud of the way his campaign has handled itself. "I'm proud of the race that we have run. I am by the way the only candidate in the race who's asked for these tacky ads to come down. I wish my opponent would do that. I think he really likes John Kerry at his side in this race. "

While Ford is appealing to voters who want to see change. "The last message I would have for voters right here at the end, don't let Bob Corker's lies on me and all of his enormous wealth steal this election from us. Those of us who want change, let's go to the polls and vote for change."

Both candidates have been under a national microscope. Whoever wins the election could determine which party will have control of Senate.


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