Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Bryson brought his message to Blount County on Friday, Oct. 27, telling supporters who gathered at the Blount County Courthouse, "Phil Bredesen has not earned a second term in office."
Bryson said that the governor has not helped improve the graduation rate of high school students in the state, has not. improved the ethics of the state government and done nothing to actually fix TennCare, the states insurance program for the indigent.
The first-term state senator from Franklin said, regarding TennCare, Bredesen "simply kicked people off the program, he didnt fix it. It has not been restructured."
Regarding ethics, Bryson said that when lawmakers proposed banning indicted lawmakers from creating legislation, the governor refused to go along with them. "The governor said it was political posturing, and we couldnt get it passed," Bryson said.
Bryson also took the incumbent governor to task for not doing enough to improve high school graduation rates. According to Bryson, Tennessee slipped from 30th to 45th in the nation in the percentage of high school students graduating. Bryson said his GraduateTennessee would address that problem.
Bryson said that as he has toured the state and shared his views and many have expressed their support for him. "There are very clear, clear differences," he said between himself and the governor. "One is on taxes."
Bryson said one idea would be to reduce the taxes on food. "The governor said that isnt a good idea. He said instead we should increase the tax on gasoline," Bryson said.
The senator said he was confident of victory on Tuesday and pledged to work hard throughout the days leading up to the election to secure that victory.
"Im so excited about the next 12 days," he said. "Were going all over this state."
Grayce Cabage of Blount County praised the candidate. "I think hed make a fine governor," she said. "We need a man who will stand up for Tennessee."