Matters of State: Bredesen and Bryson Debate the Governorship 

Governor Phil Bredesen, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Jim Bryson struck a note or two of political role reversal in a League of Women Voters-sponsored debate on WKNO-TV Sunday afternoon. Bredesen, seemingly on the road to recovery after his debilitating bout with a mystery illness, expressed pride in the business-like accomplishments of his first term, while Bryson lamented the contraction of the TennCare health-insurance program and called for eliminating the sales tax on groceries. The two disagreed most obviously on the medical malpractice issue and, of course, on the matter of whether Bredesen had earned the rights to a second term. (For complete story, go to "Political Beat".)

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