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Tanner: Year’s events not soon forgotten

Tanner: Year’s events not soon forgotten

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 9:43 pm

By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter Years from now, when the grandchildren of this generation look back on 2008, they’ll learn a thing or two about their America. “They will learn about a tough economic climate that negatively impacted Tennessee families,” said Congressman John Tanner of Union City. “They will also see 2008 as the year of important diplomatic relations and a historic election.” Tanner, a Democrat, represents Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He responded to The Messenger’s request to share his thoughts about 2008 for publication. The economy “We have talked with many Tennesseans affected by today’s economic climate, which is as bleak as we have seen in decades,” he said. “Tennessee families and small business owners are struggling to make ends meet.” Tanner said he and his staff will keep working with others in Tennessee and Washington to help in any way they can. “I am especially proud of a provision I authored in economic recovery legislation, stating that any company benefitting from such federal action must repay those funds to the American taxpayer,” he said. Diplomacy America is at a crucial point in its national security and its relationship with its allies. Fortunately, the nation will have new opportunities to rebuild diplomatic ties that some say have been strained over recent years. “I was honored in November by being elected president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the legislative branch of the NATO alliance, an organization with which I have been active for some time,” Tanner said. NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a coalition of countries pledged to assist each other in the event of an attack. “I am anxious to continue working with my counterparts from other NATO-member countries to strengthen security here and around the world, including the ongoing war against radical fundamentalism, a NATO-led fight currently centered in Afghanistan,” he said. The election Tanner said few can deny that this year’s presidential election was a big moment in U.S. history with three “firsts” among the leading candidates — the first viable African-American candidate, the first viable female candidate and the oldest candidate ever to run for a first term in the White House. “This election helps teach our young people that anyone can become president of the United States,” he said. Published in The Messenger 12.31.08

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