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Controversial speech perfect start for new Forum

Kelly King got the Knoxville Economics Forum off to a rousing start on Friday, even if some of his assertions were a bit of a stretch. The loquacious chairman of BB&T Corp. brought the right mix of commentary, controversy and insight to the first of what I hope will be a long series of talks by distinguished speakers.

King caught some of those in the Forum’s audience off guard by pushing a political agenda. Clearly, anyone who says voters need to eliminate the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that controls Congress, is being politicial.

At first, I was put off by the tone of King’s remarks. But as I thought about his talk over the weekend it occurred to me that his speech was perfect for the Forum’s first event.

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Kelly King: Economy needs a new Congress

Come spring the economy will be much improved, but only if next month’s midterm elections produce a change in Congress, BB&T Corp. Chairman and CEO Kelly King said today.

Speaking at the inaugural Knoxville Economics Forum breakfast, King said he doesn’t care if voters choose Republicans or Democrats but the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that now controls Congress must be changed.

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