published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen backing President Obama in 2012


by Chris Carroll
 Phil Bredesen (former democratic governor of Tennessee) speaks to a crowd as Jim Douglas smiles to a crowd in Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee University on Tuesday. Bredesen and Douglas discussed the polarization of American politics and the necessity of bridging social gaps between political aisles.
Phil Bredesen (former democratic governor of Tennessee) speaks to a crowd as Jim Douglas smiles to a crowd in Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee University on Tuesday. Bredesen and Douglas discussed the polarization of American politics and the necessity of bridging social gaps between political aisles.
Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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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. Bredesen and Douglas discussed the polarization of American politics and the necessity of bridging gaps between political aisles.
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    Senior at Sewanee University John Richards asks a question of Phil Bredesen (former democratic governor of Tennessee) and Jim Douglas (former republican governor of Vermont) in Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee University on Tuesday. Bredesen and Douglas discussed the polarization of American politics and the necessity of bridging social gaps between political aisles.
    Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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SEWANEE, Tenn. — 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.

"The left's not going to abandon Obama," Bredesen said. "A few of them might stay home ... but the middle is where stuff's going to be won and lost."

The two-term former governor pitched a broader version of that message to an estimated 400 Sewanee: University of the South students and faculty as he and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, promoted compromise and moderate policy stances.

Aside from Douglas wearing a red tie and Bredesen sporting a blue one, party stereotypes left the building early as both men walked a centrist line.

"I think there can be partisanship in the positive sense of articulating a different view, but eventually the people's business has to be accomplished, and that's what's not happening in Washington," Douglas said.

Pragmatism found a believer in at least one student. Brittany Macon, a 19-year-old political science major from Little Rock, Ark., said the constant re-election cycle fosters Washington inertia, but she remained hopeful.

"The fact that we see something messed up doesn't really disengage us from going [toward politics]," she said. "It kind of pushes us toward it saying, 'OK. What can I do to fix it?'"

Despite recent polling that suggests he could beat U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in a hypothetical head-to-head, Bredesen insisted the political bug has left his system, adding that appearances like Tuesday's allow him to keep his hand in.

"I truly have no intention of ever running for public office again," he said. "Nothing I'm doing has the mark of getting set up for some race in the future."

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GlacierClipper said...

Sounds like Bredesen might be throwing a hint towards Obama that he would be an excellent political appointee for a cabnet or staff position.....if Obama is re-elected......IF!

October 26, 2011 at 1:17 a.m.
joneses said...

What? A billionaire backing Obama? You liberals have always believed the wealthy were only Republicans.

October 26, 2011 at 3:11 a.m.
conservative said...

"I truly have no intention of ever running for public office again." Campaigning for Obamination will insure that!

October 26, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
patriot1 said...

He should pack his carpet bags and head back to the northeast.

October 26, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

joneses said... What? A billionaire backing Obama? You liberals have always believed the wealthy were only Republicans.

Wrong! as usual, joneses. We rich liberals just don't mind paying our fair share of taxes. Whereas, most rich republicans, many who earned their wealth from funds they obtained from the federal government, I'll add, b*tch, moan and constantly gripe and whine when it comes to paying heir fair share of taxes.

October 26, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
joneses said...

macropatel, you are a liar. if this is true then why are you, pelosi, obama, soros, gore and all the other marxist not contributing more of your money to the government? Are you so stupid you have to wait for the government to tell you to pay more? You are a fool and a hypocrit! I think it about time the looters that make up the 50% of people who pay no taxes to start paying their fair share as they are sucking up more resources than any group in this country.

October 26, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[Despite recent polling that suggests he could beat U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in a hypothetical head-to-head...]

Recent??? That poll was back in Feb. A lot can change over a few months. Maybe it wouldn't in this case, but it is misleading to suggest that the poll results are "recent."

It won't matter who is campaigning for Obama's reelection because it won't help. One of the Republican contenders will win the White House next year and we will begin to see some good change in this country.

Looking forward to 2012.

October 26, 2011 at 9:29 p.m.
joneses said...

The problem with Bredesen being elected to replace Bob Corker is Bredesen will pursue Obama's agenda and not his own. Although as governor he did a decent job but as a member of congress he will become just another whipping boy for the communist that tell Obama what to do and when to do it and will pursue Obama's dream of destroying the middle class which communism hates.

October 27, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.
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