Governors Replace No-Show Presidential Candidates at DLC

NASHVILLE, TN - Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen challenged fellow Democrats to look beyond exploiting Republicans' negative approval ratings for electoral gains.

Bredesen was among four Democratic governors who spoke at the centrist Democratic Leadership Council's "National Conversation" in Nashville.

The DLC had invited Democratic presidential candidates to speak to the group, but all declined.

Harold Ford, Jr., a former Memphis congressman and the DLC's chairman, said the group will continue to craft what it considers a strong policy platform despite the absence of any presidential candidates from the meeting.

Bredesen called for a simple reformulation of the party's objectives, challenging those present to describe what the Democratic Party stands for in 25 words.

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