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October 25, 2002
by Ben Roberts, Ashley Harper, and Elaine Armstrong

Plains-- Former President Jimmy Carter welcomed Senator Max Cleland to Plains hoping to help him win some votes. Senator Max Cleland hopes an old friend can help send him back to Washington. That old friend just happens to be a former president.

Senator Cleland met with supporters inside the Plains Community Center. Representative Sanford Bishop, and Lt. Governor Mark Taylor showed up, and most importantly, former President Jimmy Carter made an appearance for Cleland.

Carter and Cleland have a long friendship that goes back to Cleland's state senator days, and thirty years ago. Carter said Cleland is one of his closest friends. "If you want somebody with intelligence, commitment, courage, if you want someone who's offered his life as a military hero, if you want someone who cares about us, then Max Cleland’s the one you want to send back to the Senate."

"My Republican opponent has brought in his President, and I'm glad to see our president in Georgia campaigning for me. They can have his, I'll take ours, who just won the Nobel Peace Prize."

Carter became emotional when he had harsh words for a Saxby Chambliss campaign ad, which Carter said, "questioned Cleland's patriotism and courage," and Carter called the ad "a disgrace." Cleland heads back to Atlanta to prepare for Election Day.

GOP Gubernatorial candidate Sonny Perdue also made campaign stops in South Georgia, stopping in Valdosta and Albany. Sonny Perdue attended a fundraising luncheon in Valdosta and told the crowd, that while his roots are in middle Georgia, if elected he will work hard for the entire state. "I'm not just concerned with the Atlanta area,” Perdue said. “We're gonna look out for them."

About 100 Republican supporters turned out at Albany's Veterans Park to greet Sonny Perdue, who hopes to end the Roy Barnes administration, and become the first Republican governor of Georgia in over a century and a quarter.

Republican House candidate Ed Rynders and local commission candidate Harold Farnsworth were on hand as part of the GOP show of solidarity.

Support was strong for all the candidates, and Perdue says that he doesn't want to leave South Georgia, after making his sixth campaign swing through this area.

Sonny Perdue, Ed Rynders and Harold Farnsworth will all be on the November 5 ballot. Perdue is the Republican candidate running against Governor Roy Barnes.

posted at 6:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com