Tenn. governors discuss civility in politics

10:16 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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Governor Bill Haslam joined former governors Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist on Thursday for a conversation about civility in politics, or lack thereof.

The three governors talked about roadblocks in Washington, and how to make agreements and compromises to get things done.

Gov. Haslam says even our founding fathers dealt with the lack of civility, but he says what's different now is the media impact is much larger.

"There's more of a sense of distaste from people, again about people just arguing and fighting each other instead of solving problems because that's what they hear all the time. And what I hear from people when I travel all across Tennessee, urban, rural, no matter where it is-- please solve problems. The issues are too big to turn into petty food fights," he said.

The governors all agreed, DC is behind Tennessee in civility.

The discussion was at the Howard Baker Center on the UT campus.

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