Lee, Dean prepare for second of three debates

Bill Lee speaks at a unity press conference in Nashville on Aug. 4, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean are headed into their second of three debates in Kingsport on Tuesday evening.

Andy Sher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the pressure is on Dean.

“If you look at the polling, Karl Dean needs to do something in these debates to change the direction of the race,” said Kent Syler, an assistant professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University.

Syler said he looks for Dean “to be aggressive and work to find issues that differentiate him from Bill Lee and also score points with voters.”

The Tennessean’s Joel Ebert reports that Dean “didn’t clearly dominate the first of three gubernatorial debates” in Memphis las week, and that the former Nashville mayor has been zeroing in on Medicaid expansion.

“Dean’s polling must be showing it’s having some effect because he continues to talk about it and hammer on it,” said John Geer, a Vanderbilt University political science professor.

“There’s still probably a bit of an edge for Dean on this issue — whether it’s enough to transform the race that’s a much bigger and more difficult question to answer.”

Dean was in Jackson on Monday touting his support for broadband, health care and the Memphis Regional Megasite, reports the Jackson Sun’s Adam Friedman:

“My three priorities are public education, public safety and economic development,” Dean said in his opening remarks. “They’re the three pitches you have to hit every day — if you hit them, everything else will take care of itself.”

2 Responses to Lee, Dean prepare for second of three debates

  • Donna Locke says:

    Voting against Randy Boyd was like voting against my dad, who looked almost exactly like him except my dad was taller.

    As for broadband, Tennesseans have been so cheated on this. If I’d moved a few yards south of my road, I wouldn’t have been able to get Internet when I moved back here 16 years ago. The service stopped at my side road, and I’m not very far out (except you know). Sixteen years later, the people a few yards south of me STILL don’t have service. It’s a lot of people.

    • Donna Locke says:

      I’m thinking that as the big shots continue to flee Williamson County for (disappearing) greener pastures, everyone around them will suddenly get broadband.

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