With the partial shutdown of the U.S. government entering its third week, Gov. Bill Haslam said Sunday he’s optimistic Republicans and Democrats will broker a deal sometime this week that will end the stalemate, according to The Tennessean.
“They’re making headway, finally. I’m really hopeful by next weekend it will be over,” Haslam said. “I don’t have inside knowledge but just listening and talking to people there.”
Haslam’s comments about the shutdown came after his interview with Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of presidential history and Vanderbilt University distinguished visiting professor.
Haslam interviewed Meacham about the life of Thomas Jefferson, who is the subject of Meacham’s latest book, “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.”
Throughout the interview, held at the Nashville Public Library as part of the Southern Festival of Books, Haslam and Meacham focused on comparisons of today’s political climate compared to Jefferson’s time.
“I think the great leaders, regardless if you agree with their view or not, are the people who know in their core what they believe, but still want to get to the best answer they can get to,” Haslam said. “That may be what’s missing today. There’s not the sense of ‘I’m going to get to the very best answer I can get to.’ Instead, today it’s ‘I’m going to get to my answer or we’re not going to have an answer.’”