Phil Bredesen supports Sen. Bob Corker’s push back on tariffs


Former Gov. Phil Bredesen poses with a framed Leaf-Chronicle with a photo of him touting Hemlock Semiconductor coming to Clarksville. (Photo: Mark Hicks/The Leaf-Chronicle)


by Mark Hicks, Leaf Chronicle

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen noticed his photo on a framed copy of The Leaf-Chronicle dated Dec. 16, 2008, touting Clarksville landing Hemlock Semiconductor, which would build a $1.2 billion plant that would later be shuttered.

Lying through his teeth the candidate stated:

“They closed up because of tariffs, you know,” the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate said shaking his head slightly.

Bredesen stopped by the very friendly to his campaign Tennessean’s newspaper office Thursday after visiting the Tennessee State Veterans Nursing Home in Clarksville for a wide-ranging interview.

His reference to Hemlock went back to 2013 when U.S.-exported polysilicon, the raw material for photovoltaic solar cells the company was to manufacture, was saddled with Chinese tariffs as high as 57 percent. The tariffs, according to reports at the time, came as part of Beijing’s retaliation for U.S. tariffs on imports of Chinese-made solar panels.

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