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Chambliss joins battle with Cleland

August 21, 2002

Twelve hours after capturing the Republican senatorial nomination, Saxby Chambliss, of Moultrie, launched his battle against Max Cleland. Both candidates kicked off their campaigns in Atlanta, and then headed off to tour the state.

After a tiring night of election celebrating, a tired but determined Chambliss set about the work of unseating Georgia Senator Max Cleleand. "Max Cleland has consistenlty voted to raise taxes on the Social Security of senior citizens. I have continuously voted to remove that tax..." he told a throng of supporters late Tuesday night.

Chambliss says that Cleland is a liberal who is out of touch with Georgia. "He explains his votes to Georgians, but we're going to call that into question. Georgians deserve to know his voting record."

While Chambliss kickoff was somewhat subdued, with just a few supporters, Cleland's was a blowout. Just outside Underground Atlanta, Cleland pulled out all the stops, with Georgia's top Democrats singing his praises. "No outsider, no matter how respected, or how well intentioned, can come into Georgia and holler 'Liberal' and expect Georgians to jump!" bellowed Senator Zell Miller.

"Max Cleland is a good and a great man, and I'm glad to be here for him," said Governor Roy Barnes.

"There are over a hundred thousand people out there tonight who will choose between taking their medicine, and eating, or paying their rent. That is unconscienable," Cleland told his audience.

Cleland shrugs off the liberal charge. "It's an out-worn, tired argumnent. What I'm focused on is trying to take care of people. To serve our people, particularly in the military, those struggling with economic downturn, who've been fired, lost their 401-K plan, healthcare insurance, those seniors who take perscription drugs and pay for it, so we have people in Georgia who are hurting."

This is a huge senate race. The Democrats have only a one-seat advantage, so naturally, Republicans have targeted this race, in their attempt to regain control of the senate.

The issues will play out on TV ads, with both parties likely to spend millions.

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