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Bredesen visits show before Obama tour

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gov. Phil Bredesen said he would be campaigning for Barack Obama in Ohio this week.

At the Futurity Wednesday night, Bredesen made an earlier-than-usual appearance at the horse show because he'll be out stumping for Obama, then heading on to the Democratic National Convention, which means he won't be available during the Celebration. Traditionally, the governor awards the floral horse show or trophy at the World Grand Championship on the last Saturday night of the show.

"The Obama campaign has asked me to go up and travel around small communities, talking to some folks," he said at Calsonic arena Wednesday.

Bredesen, a Democrat superdelegate who didn't endorse Obama until after he appeared to clinch the Democratic nomination, said he didn't know yet where in Ohio he would be campaigning. He said it was a small role in the overall campaign, but "I'm very happy to be doing that."

He said he was looking forward to the convention, meeting with other Democrat governors and comparing notes.

Bredesen said earlier this month he's not being considered as Obama's running mate, despite previous speculation in the media that he may have been under consideration. At a press conference held at the arena Wednesday, he said he had no idea whom Obama was considering.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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