Superdelegates Should Hold Superprimary: Tenn. Gov.

Superdelegate says Democratic party needs to settle nomination soon
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 9:34 AM CDT
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in a file photo dated May 27, 2007. Bredesen has proposed a superdelegate primary in June to help the Democratic party's chances in November.   (AP Photo/Rick Havner)
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(Newser) – Democrats should hold a superdelegate superprimary to settle the race before the summer, says Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. “You’re going to spend this whole summer—and lots of money and time and effort—trying to convince people that whoever isn’t eventually nominated, isn’t electable,” says Bredesen. To staunch the bloodletting sooner, he proposes that the 795 superdelegates meet in June to cast their ballots.

“Invite the candidates to come and talk if they want, and then literally call the roll,” says Bredesen. The plan doesn’t have wide support amongst Washington insiders, including Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, but neither candidate has rejected it outright, and the plan is popular outside the Beltway, according to Bredesen.