Wamp: "He's not going to win. He's just going to spend a lot of money."
Ramsey: "But if a race boiled down to money I wouldn't be in it because I know I'm going to be outspent period. The race is going to boil down to grass roots. It's going to boil down to message. It's going to boil down to people who are willing to work the hardest, and that's the reason why I think I'm the front-runner."
Gibbons: "I congratulate my opponents for having more dollars at the present time. I think I have more votes at the present time ..."
Democrats rally at Rocky Mount. Chip Forrester: "What we're doing is engaging the troops for the 2010 election cycle." David Fowler says social conservatives are waiting to hear from the gubernatorial candidates: "So far, in the literature I've read from all the candidates, the issues of greatest concern to their conservative base have not been addressed."Bredesen signs another gun bill. ... Mayor Dean talks about protecting open spaces. ... We're No. 48! in college graduation rates. ... State budget hole grows in June. ... Murfreesboro opts out of guns in parks. ... Tennessee gun lobbyist John Harris scoffs at possible legislation to stop 20-year-olds like Sahel Kazemi from buying weapons from private sellers:
"I could see a bill being filed, because there have been lots of bills filed that have been bad ideas, but I don't see much chance of it passing."
Judge to hear guns-in-bars lawsuit today. ... On a Sunday talk show, Lamar Alexander criticizes Rangel's idea to tax the wealthiest Americans to pay for health care reform and resists a possible Justice investigation into Bush-era terror interrogations:
"If he (Holder) does that, he needs to go all the way back to 1995 and investigate the Clinton administration renditions, which might have led to -- to interrogations in other countries at a time when he was the deputy attorney general, and ask what laws were broken; did he know about it?" Alexander said on "State of the Union."