Interview with Governor Phil Bredesen
(Note: The interview with Governor Bredesen was conducted on Monday, June 30 in Chicago at the DLC’s Annual Conversation.) RCP: I’m going to start by asking you the question that I could not get Congressman Ford to answer earlier, which is, given what you know about Barack Obama, do you think he’s a progressive who is now posing as a centrist, or do you think he’s a centrist who posed as a progressive in the primaries? BREDESEN: I’m not sure I want to answer the question in exactly those terms. I don’t know enough about him to be able to start slapping labels on him. I think he’s somewhat a newcomer to the world of politics. I suspect there are areas in which his views are not fully formed. I happen to think that’s a very good thing. I think the last thing you want in a president is someone who knows all the answers the day they come in the door. I think what Harold said is right: I think he springs from roots of great patriotism and love of country.