Bredesen says citizens need to push for lower federal deficit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says citizens need to insist on a reduction in the federal deficit.

Bredesen, who served two terms as governor as a Democrat, met with reporters and editors of The Tennessean Monday on behalf of Fix the Debt. The national bipartisan campaign aims to reduce the federal debt by $4 trillion over 10 years. The method would be a combination of higher taxes and changes in entitlement programs.

Bredesen said the group has avoided taking sides in the "fiscal cliff" discussions now going on and cautions against reading too much into statements politicians are making.

He said the more substantive arguments about the size of the deficit will come in the spring.

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