Bredesen says DNC must `step up' on Obama-Clinton

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen is not giving up his push for a Democratic Party superdelegate primary to pick the presidential nominee.

He said reaction in Washington, D.C. differs from outside the Beltway.

The governor said Tuesday that inside the Beltway, people are "very skeptical, even a little hostile."

He said reaction has been mostly favorable and outside the D.C. Beltway "people are saying it's a common sense way to resolve this thing."

Bredesen is proposing a two-day superdelegate primary for June after the last voter primary, to avoid fallout from U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton battling into the August convention.

Superdelegates are elected officials and leaders who by Democratic Party rules are free to support the candidate of their choice.

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