Georgia GOP in attack mode for Obama visit

By JIM THARPE
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.