published Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Zach Wamp supports a grand bargain

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    Zach Wamp is the former U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district, serving from 1995 to 2011.
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Former Republican U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp began to file out of Amazon after President Barack Obama’s speech with the other special guests, but he took a moment to give his two cents on the content of the President’s message: Less politics and more job creation.

After representing the 3rd Congressional District from 1995 to 2011, his remarks offered some insight into a divide within conservative ranks.

“We need some kind of grand bargain,” said Wamp, who now runs his consulting business in Chattanooga, Zach Wamp Consulting. “This excessive polarization is a cancer … We have got to come together as a people.”

He said the president is trying to stimulate jobs and is proposing a fair deal.”Everyone has to give something,” he said. Compromise has to happen.

“The leadership in Congress right now is less than satisfactory,” he said.

The young people will change things, those who are more open-minded, he added.

“I’m afraid my generation is stuck.”

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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