Tennessee’s GOP Guv Favors Getting Rid Of Confederate Flag License Plates

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks about the conclusion of the legislative session at a news conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said Tuesday that he’s in favor of discontinuing license plates that feature the Confederate flag.

A debate over the flag’s place in the American South (and the Republican Party) has raged in the days since a white gunman killed nine people Wednesday at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, appeared to pose with the flag in several photos before the shooting. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday called on lawmakers to remove that flag from the grounds of the state capitol.

Haslam was asked about Confederate flag specialty license plates at an event for a Volkswagon supplier in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to The Times Free Press.

The governor said he wasn’t aware of that some of the state’s license plates bore an image of the Confederate flag but he’d “be in favor of discontinuing it,” as quoted by the newspaper.

Haslam’s comments came as Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe moved Tuesday to remove the flag from state-issued license plates.

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