Bredesen takes look back at political career

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen says he once dreamed of serving in the U.S. Senate. No longer.

In a wide-ranging discussion about his political experiences with participants in a Girls State program at Lipscomb University, Bredesen said he's come "180 degrees" from his early Senate ambitions.

The Democratic governor said that at this point, "I can't think of anything in politics that I would like to do less than that."

Bredesen also addressed frustrations early in his political career that his methodological approach to problems that he had learned as a physics major at Harvard and as a businessman didn't easily translate to elected office.

Bredesen said big issues like education or health care tend to be "more political problems than they are technical ones."

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