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A presidential visit for Nashville?

By Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe in 44:

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday he would welcome a presidential visit his storm-devastated state soon but understands the commander in chief has had a lot on his plate this week. Weekend storms and flooding across Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky have killed at least 29 people and at least five people are still missing.

"This thing that happened in Tennessee got sandwiched between everything happening in the Gulf and everything happening up in New York," Bredesen said on a conference call with reporters this afternoon. Bredesen said he discussed a possible presidential visit earlier this week with President Obama and White House senior aide Valerie Jarrett.

"What I basically said is that first of all, he certainly would be welcomed, but during the first two or three days, it's sometimes counterproductive ... when a president comes," said Bredesen.

"At the point we're at now, if he wanted to do so he would be very welcomed," he later added.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Administration  
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