Tuesday, September 9, 2008

UPDATED: Today's event: Woods, Harwell and Stansell hash it out

Larry Woods and wife Saralee at their Bookman/Bookwoman Books in Hillsboro Village.

It’s less than two hours away, but you can catch a roundtable discussion featuring some prominent locals speaking about political debate at Belmont this afternoon.

The roundtable, hosted by WRVU talk show host Freddie O'Connell, is slated to include state House District 52 candidate Eric Stansell (updated 4:45 p.m.: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke is not present), state Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Davidson County) and local attorney and Bookman/Bookwoman Books co-owner Larry Woods.

Woods, one of the city’s best known Democrats, said he’s anticipating a large number of people across the country voting early this year because they’ve already made up their minds. (Early voting in Davidson County begins Oct. 15).

That makes the debates particularly important for the remaining undecided voters, he said.

“Those are the ones that will tune into the debates to think, ‘Here’s my opportunity to find out what these candidates are about,’” Woods said.

Woods, who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks about any political topic, said he thought Sen. Joe Biden would do well against the much-ballyhooed Gov. Sarah Palin in their vice-presidential debate … as long as he doesn’t talk about her at all.

“Biden’s got a really clear, relatively easy job for that debate: talk for a solid hour about Senator John McCain,” Woods said. “If he talks about Sarah Palin whatsoever, Obama ought to fire him.”

The discussion begins at 4:30 in the Leu Art Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library. If you can’t make the debate, there will be a reception from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Leu Art Gallery lobby.

(Photo credit: Jason Lee/The Tennessean)

No comments: