Former Memphis congressman Harold Ford Jr., now chairman of the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, was in Nashville Monday morning, where he, DLC founder Al From, and several prominent Tennessee political figures announced that the DLC's "National Conversation" would be held this year in the Tennessee state capital.
Ford pronounced himself "very pleased" that the event would be held in Nashville, which was headquarters for his unsuccessful U.S. Senate run last year. "The South is a region with enormous opportunity for New Democrats and we look forward to showcasing our ideas here," Ford said.
The official DLC release added, "The National Conversation will provide a forum for an exchange of ideas on some of the most pressing challenges facing our country, including security, making America competitive in a global economy, poverty and energy."
Governor Phil Bredesen, honorary chair for the event, took part in the announcement, as did three honorary co-chairs, congressmen Jim Cooper and Lincoln Davis and Nashville mayor Bill Purcell. The event, which will take place July 28-30 at the Opryland Hotel, is expected to attract some, if not all, of the active Democratic candidates for president.