"Bob,what does Syria have to do with defending the USA? Get US Out of NATO! Get US Out of the UN...."
That is what one of the "homemade" signs held behind John McCain during his just concluded speech at the Ryman. When exactly did that happen? Tennessee loves McCain? Sure. Tennessee needs McCain? Okay. These are assertions that are subjective and cannot be proven or disproven. But Tennesse votes McCain? Um, no they don't. SEE ALSO: More photos from Bill Hobbs.
Jun 2, 2008 3:31 PM
Ken Whitehouse reports on the McCain visit on the mainpage:
Asked whether he saw any potential difficulty in winning voted from the Republican Party’s social conservatives, McCain claimed to be unworried, adding that he was not looking to so much as unify the party as to energize it.Read the entire report.
Jun 2, 2008 3:16 PM
Marc Ambinder relates how close John McCain came to making a decision which would have made him a lame duck the moment he was elected:
The idea to serve one term had long been discussed among top advisers, and McCain was on board. A one-term pledge was set to be the central thread of his presidential campaign, and Mark Salter, McCain's chief speechwriter, crafted an announcement speech around it. But less than a day before he was set to speak in New Hampshire on April 25, McCain ordered his aides to excise the paragraphs describing the pledge. "Lots of ideas get raised with the candidate. He made a decision and we didn't do it," Salter said in a brief telephone interview this afternoon. He said that "no speech is final until the candidate signs off." Several of McCain's closest friends, including former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had urged him not to tie his hand by making a one-term pledge, and McCain agreed with them.
Jun 2, 2008 3:02 PM
Ken Whitehouse covering John McCain's campaign visit to Nashville shares the following tidbits culled from his conversations with two Tennessee pols, one current, one former. Bill Frist, Whitehouse tells us, compared Barack Obama's health plan to Tenncare, good on promises but with a burdensome cost. Frist also shared that while he is weighing a 2010 race for Governor, he will not make a decision until the beginning of next year. Congressman Zach Wamp, also along for the ride, tells Whitehouse that he supports all GOP incumbents in Tennessee, including Marsha Blackburn and David Davis who are both battling primary challengers. Wamp explained, "When elephants fight, the grass dies." Wamp, also pondering a gubernatorial run, has talked to Senator Frist and states that it is "highly unlikely" that they would challenge each other in a Republican Primary.
Jun 2, 2008 2:44 PM
Jennifer Peebles on her headline on McCain's landing in Nashville:
I just wrote a headline for Tennessean.com for our update reporting that John McCain is bringing surprise guest Fred Thompson with him to the Ryman right now. "McCain lands in Nashville," I wrote, "with Fred Thompson in tow." But I've just been thinking about that for a minute. I'm not sure totally sure that's right.I wasn't aware that Fred's appearance was a supposed to be a surprise. If it was, I'm sorry.
Jun 2, 2008 2:01 PM
Cara Kumari queries Phil Bredesen on the what could be the closing days of the Democratic Primary:
Governor Bredesen had a media availability today at the airport. He reiterated his decision to “make his feelings known” about who he prefers for the Democratic nomination after Tuesday’s primaries and is encouraging other superdelegates to do the same. In addition, he commented on the DNC’s decision about counting the Michigan and Florida delegates, saying he felt that should have been resolved a lot sooner. I asked about whether his proposed “superdelegate primary” would have cleared up the Democratic nomination a lot sooner. He said if things are resolved soon (as in the end of the week), then a superdelegate primary wouldn’t have made a difference. But, he says, if this infighting goes on any longer, then it may have been a difference maker.
Jun 2, 2008 1:33 PM
Ken Whitehouse reports via telephone from BNA that John McCain, flying into a red state on JetBlue airlines, has landed in Nashville. Whitehouse will be filing extensive reports from the Straight Talk Express as well as the McCain townhall at the Ryman. Check NashvillePost.com for updates.
Jun 2, 2008 1:30 PM
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