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Democrat Phil Bredesen, left, speaks as Republican Jim Douglas listens at Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee: University of the South on Tuesday./ Alex Washburn. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Democrat Phil Bredesen, left, speaks as Republican Jim Douglas listens at Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee: University of the South on Tuesday./ Alex Washburn. Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SEWANEE, Tenn. (Times Free Press) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said he will campaign for President Barack Obama, describing him as "certainly re-electable," but he chided fellow Democrats seeking to regain control at the state level.

"If all you're going to do is channel a 30-year-old idea of what the party is and channel what's going on nationally, you're not going to be successful," Bredesen, 67, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press before a Tuesday evening appearance here at the University of the South.

His remarks followed the release of a Middle Tennessee State University poll that suggests a conservative shift for an already red state.

Nearly two-thirds of the state's residents disapprove of Obama's job performance, up from 52 percent last spring, and a majority would vote for a Republican nominee, according to the Tennessean.

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