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Chambliss weighs in on political landscape

November 8, 2006

Moultrie -- Some Republican leaders are scratching their heads tonight after what President Bush described as an election day thumping. Voters nationwide, many upset over the war in Iraq, gave control of the U.S. House and Senate to Democrats.

And a surprising announcement today, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned.

Chambliss says American voters expressed deep concern over the war in Iraq. He says the war won't end just because the Democrats take power, and he is surprised at just how many House seats the party took over.

A loss of at least 28 Republican House seats Tuesday night. And Wednesday night Democrats got the Senate majority too. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says it's surprising to him since the economy is strong.  "The interesting thing about last night is that people usually vote their pocketbooks, particularly in off years, but last night people didn't do that," said Senator Saxby Chambliss.

He says the war in Iraq has overshadowed good things happening at home in voter's minds. "The focus of this election was on the war in Iraq from a national election perspective, and the war in Iraq is not going the way any of us want it to go. We had hoped it would be over with years ago," said Chambliss.

After Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced his resignation, Senator Chambliss says the nation will move forward in the War on Terror with the appointment of ex-CIA director Bob Gates, and a new majority party in power. He'll lose his position as Ag committee chair with Democrats in power, but he'll continue working to set new policy.

"Irrespective of whether I'm chairman, or ranking member, we're still going to have input," said Chambliss.

Chambliss says this shift in party power will give Democrats more of a voice than before, and the key for an effective Congress will be getting bipartisan support on new bills. Something that likely Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she'd do in her position.

"It's important for us to work in bipartisan way with the president," said Nancy Pelosi.

Words Senator Chambliss hopes she sticks to.

"Nancy has never been a bipartisan individual. I'm hopeful she's going to do exactly what she has said she was going to do," said Chambliss.

Chambliss says altogether this Democratic takeover of power signifies that Americans want a change, even though he is disappointed Republicans lost so many seats in this election.

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