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07-08-2008, 10:51 AM
Georgia GOP in attack mode for Obama visit (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/07/07/obama_visit_gop.html)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 07/07/08

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's plane has not even entered Georgia airspace, but Republican on Monday went on the attack anyway. Obama is scheduled to be in metro Atlanta tonight for two fundraisers and on Tuesday for a town hall meeting in Powder Springs, the heart of Georgia Republican territory. The Democratic hopeful's plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing this morning in St. Louis because of maintenance issue, which will delay his arrival.

Republican U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson on Monday blasted Obama on taxes, the war on terror and oil prices during a conference call with reporters. "Every time you turn around Barack Obama is not only talking about raising taxes .... he's voted to do that," Chambliss said.

Isakson said he thinks Obama is coming to Georgia -- a state that has a solid Republican track record in the last few election cycles -- because Democrats are having problems in Pennsylvania and Ohio. "They would like nothing better to crack a Southern state," Isakson said. "And Georgia is one they would like to go after."

Isakson said he does not believe Georgia is in play. He cited a new Rasmussen poll released Monday that shows McCain with a 10-point lead. An InsiderAdvantage poll released Friday shows the race much tighter.

07-08-2008, 12:57 PM
Southerner's welcome Obama dollars coming to their state. Spend plenty because all the hoping in the world is not going to CHANGE the fact that the O will lose every southern state.

Rebel Yell
07-08-2008, 01:03 PM
I would like to see either Chambliss or Isakson move on up the ladder in the party. Chambliss is already a very respected Senator. I think he'd make a great Vice President, need a southerner to run with McCain. I'm sorry, but anything north of Kentucky and west of Texas is not really southern.

Rebel Yell
07-08-2008, 01:16 PM
A little more on Chambliss.....

Chambliss' ratings from interest groups indicate how often he votes in agreement with their priorities; his particular scores are fairly typical for a conservative Republican.

NARAL: 10%
American Civil Liberties Union:7%
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: 91%
National Education Association:27%
League of Conservation Voters: 0%
Christian Coalition: 100%
National Rifle Association: A+
AFL-CIO: 15%
National Taxpayers Union: 74%
Chambliss is the primary sponsor in the United States Senate for the tax-reform proposal The Fair Tax Act (S. 1025), attracting more cosponsors than any other fundamental tax reform bill introduced.
On the Issues rated him as a Hard-Core Conservative[7].

In 2005, Saxby Chambliss received a 0 percent on the Republicans for Environmental Protection's ("REP") environmental scorecard.[11] He voted in a manner inconsistent with what the REP considers pro-environment on all 15 issues considered environmentally critical by the REP. Issues in which Senator Chambliss voted anti-environment were: all amendments to the Energy Policy Act proposed in 2005, the issue of authorizing drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and fuel economy standards for vehicles.

Senator Chambliss also received a 0 percent from the League of Conservation Voters ("LCV") scorecard for his anti-environment votes on all votes considered environmentally important by the LCV in 2005. [12] The issues considered important by the LVC in 2005 include votes on the energy conference report, renewable energy, farm conservation programs,global warming, natural gas facilities, undermining fuel economy, increasing fuel economy, and various other issues.

In 2006, Senator Chambliss again received a 0 percent from the REP[13] and a 0 percent from the LCV[14]. According to these organization, he voted anti-environment on the issue of energy and weatherization assistance, on drilling, environmental funding, peer review, renewable resources, and The Gulf of Mexico Security Act.