Some coverage of Gov. Bredesen's appearance at the National Press Club
in Washington this morning on the subject of health care is filtering out through SharonCobb
and Tennessee Guerilla Women
. According to a TGW post
[T]he vast majority of qustions from reporters at the National Press Club focused not on Bredesen's speech, but rather on his draconian cuts to the state's expanded Medicaid program, TennCare. Our sources indicate that one reporter "was incensed with and aggressively and challenged [Bredesen's] comparison of grocery store food choices with health care 'choices.'"
Bredesen and his acolytes may see the Press Club gig as a bit of national stage-setting for a possible 2008 presidential bid, but they need to ramp up the bookings. Next week another southern Democratic governor getting '08 buzz, Virginia's Mark Warner, plays the Press Club, but Warner gets the prestigious midday televised luncheon
stage in the Press Club ballroom. Bredesen's gig was a 10:00 am "newsmaker
" spot off in the Zenger Room.