Governor-elect Lee weighs in on shutdown, talks about inaugural speech

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Governor-elect Bill Lee will be inaugurated as Tennessee’s 50th governor on Saturday.  

News 2 caught up with Lee just days before he takes the stage to recite the oath of office. He said his inaugural speech is done and ready to go.  

The governor-elect shared what some of his speech would consist of.  

“Inaugural speech is really we’re going to reflect on history and talk about the future. I talked in my acceptance speech about my desire to serve every Tennesseans and I want to reiterate that. There’s more that unites us than divides us and I want to talk about a positive, united approach going forward for every Tennessean that we can advance life and make life better for six and a half million people,” said governor-elect Lee.  

The next governor also spoke on the ongoing government shutdown going on in Washington. Lee said the state was ready to handle any situation with the shutdown that affects Tennesseans.  

“The state has already begun to step in and make plans to step in when there’s a problem associated with a particular program that might suffer and when Tennesseans suffer, then the state will engage and step in and we’re watching that closely. There are projects that will be impacted if this goes on for a long enough time,” said the governor-elect.  

Bill Lee’s inauguration will take place Saturday, Jan. 19. The Inauguration Day weekend kicks off Friday at Acme Feed & Seed on Broadway.  

The Inauguration will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Legislative Plaza.  

For a full list of Inauguration events, click here

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