Lee gets inaugural run-through, high marks from Governor Haslam

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Governor-elect Bill Lee late Friday afternoon said he “was ready” for his inaugural Saturday morning as he got a run through for the event at downtown Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. 

For two days, his inaugural team has been scrambling to move the ceremony from its traditional outdoor venue on War Memorial Plaza in front of the capitol to the neighboring indoor venue because of a stormy weather forecast.

Lee took to the stage for about 15-minutes where he will take his oath of office and deliver an inaugural that he told News 2 “will be his vision for Tennessee.”

The inaugural will also include a short speech from term-limited Governor Bill Haslam who earlier this week talked about the relationship he’s built with Lee. 

“We’re trying to make certain everything is ready to hand off to Bill Lee,” said Haslam earlier this month.

Every governor wants to leave his office in good shape for his successor, but a good part of it is face to face time for the two men who both come from a background of being Republican businessmen.

“We talk close to daily. we spend a lot of together,” added Haslam.

Lee says the two have talked about things like clemency requests–including the recent one granted for Nashville’s Cyntoia Brown.

“I have asked him ‘how did you approach?’ ” added Lee. “Its a very difficult thing and you have to approach it case by case.”

Governor Haslam says Governor-elect  Lee has been asking all the rights things.

“Judge people by the questions they ask and not the answers they give and he asks all the right questions in my mind,” said Governor Haslam about his successor.

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