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Chambliss encourages Civics class to get involved

October 25, 2006

Lee County-  It was more than just book-learning Wednesday for some Lee County Civics students.  They heard from quite a guest lecturer.  U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss spoke to high school students about his role in the Senate and why each of them should get involved in politics. 

Sen. Saxby Chambliss walked nearly 50 Lee County Civics students through his political career. He told them how important it is for him to serve on both the agriculture and armed service committees in the U-S Senate. Chambliss also addressed topics students are studying in class, including recent negative campaign ads.

"In spite of folks complaining about them it has an affect, a desired affect to reduce that popularity," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R) Georgia.

Students expressed an interest in the Senator's response to the war.

"How do you feel about the people who say we need to take our troops out of Iraq?" Erik Sandal, a Civics Student.

"A decision was made to go into Iraq and remove the capability of the terrorists from operating in Iraq. I think that was the right thing to do," answered Chambliss.

Students also questioned Chambliss about issues abroad.

"What's your views on the hostilities between the U-S and Iran?" questioned  Joey Kimsey, a Civics Student.

"They're openly defying all the rest of the world, all the rest of the free world in continuing to develop this nuclear weapon, and there have been discussions in the United Nations, particularly in the United Nations Security Council which is kind of their small governing body in opposition to the Iranians developing a nuclear weapon," responded Chambliss.

Chambliss challenged each students to keep up with current events and issues.

"They are the future of our country, they need to be informed about what's going on in Washington, they're not particularly paying attentions to some of the issues we deal with, but they need to know the issues that don't make a difference to them now will make a difference to them the older they get," said Chambliss.

It may be one of them leading their city, county, or state in the future.

Chambliss also encouraged students to read the book "1776." He said it may help them understand our forefathers' decision to fight for freedom and democracy and why we're fighting now in Iraq.  

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