The Sumner County man campaigning to succeed Congressman Bart Gordon campaigned in Marshall County on Friday, having won the Democratic nomination by 230 votes.
"That was the margin, last heard," Brett Carter said on Lewisburg's public square after shaking hands at the Brekfus Shop where Tommy Hayes, one of the morning customers, said he thought Carter "will probably do a good job" if he's elected over state Sen. Diane Black, the Republican nominee.
Hayes said he voted for Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama "because McCain was a war hero. I'm retired military. I thought he'd do a better job even though I didn't like his running mate, not that I didn't like her. It's that she wasn't qualified to be vice president."
Carter was awarded the Bronze Star for his work in Iraq dealing with operations law such as rules of engagement and detainee operations subsequent to Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse revealed about six years ago. Carter is an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville.
Carter also says he's an accountant and that he will look at national problems from that perspective.
"When I talk to businessmen, the third or fourth highest cost they face is health care," he said at another restaurant Friday. "It's as much an economic issue as a health issue. It costs the people who employ people.
"Democrats have realized these are complex issues," Carter said. "You can't say immigration is the issue and then call for less government and lower taxes, so there's no reality to what they say.
"And they don't care," he continued. "Democrats are trying to solve the problems, and that's what's happening in Washington."
Others made their own points as Carter campaigned here.
"The problem is people not getting along," said Gene Parsons who worked at Genesco for 38 years. "We're going no where until we learn to get along."
Clay Buttrey, a financial advisor in Columbia, was having lunch with some of his Lewisburg friends, including Grover Collins, at Mildred's Restaurant and made another point.
He called former President Ronald Reagan the "great deceptor," explaining that under the 40th president's administration the national debt "tripled."
"They call him the great conservative," Buttrey said. "I don't know how conservative that is."
Current economic woes are a result of irresponsibility on Wall Street, he said, not the government's response.
"They had leveraged the financial system so it was on the verge of collapse," he said. The Federal Reserve had to step in."
Asked about the Islamic Center that's now under construction near Murfreesboro, Carter said he wants to focus on what will get people jobs.
"It doesn't put anybody back to work," he said. "We need leaders who aren't focused on wedge issues."