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Sam Nunn, Max Cleland in Chuck Hagel’s corner; Chambliss appears skeptical

WASHINGTON – The supporting cast for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel has a notable Georgia twang.

Behind the scenes, former Georgia Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Cleland is working to build support for his fellow Vietnam War veteran and former Senate colleague. Cleland, who lost his seat in 2002 to Saxby Chambliss, was in the front row for Thursday morning’s confirmation hearing before the Armed Services Committee but declined to comment as Hagel’s nomination is still pending.

Seated next to Hagel was former Georgia Democratic U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who once chaired the committee. Nunn and former Armed Services chair John Warner, a Virginia Republican, introduced Hagel and lent bipartisan and powerful backing for the nominee. Senators tend to respect powerful former senators.

Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, has been a controversial pick on the left and the right – his alleged sins include insufficient backing of Israel and insensitivity toward gays. …

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Max Cleland: U.S. military needs to come home, and Chuck Hagel ‘gets that’

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel in a 2007 photo. AP file/Nati Harnik

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel in a 2007 photo. AP file/Nati Harnik

When the Senate Armed Services Committee takes up the nomination of Chuck Hagel on Thursday, former Georgia senator (and committee chairman) Sam Nunn will introduce him. But another former Georgia senator will be in the room to support a fellow Vietnam veteran. Though he’s not scheduled to testify, Max Cleland has penned the following op-ed piece in support of the former Nebraska Republican senator:

Several years ago, I visited with Gen. Colin Powell when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. “How’s it going, General, I greeted him?” He replied that he had spoken to a civic group recently. He said a man came up to him and pointedly announced, “You don’t sound very much a hawk!”

General Powell told me he responded to the man by saying, “Tell you the truth, I don’t get paid to be a hawk. My job is to give the president the best advice on how to use the American …

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Your daily jolt: Max Cleland on putting two Vietnam vets in charge of U.S. foreign policy

Over the weekend, the liberal website Talking Points Memo caught up with former U.S. senator Max Cleland, who declared himself thrilled with prospect of two Vietnam veterans in charge of formulating and implementing American foreign policy.

Former U.S. senator Max Cleland of Georgia/AJC file

Former U.S. senator Max Cleland of Georgia/AJC file

President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense today. He’s already nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Said Cleland:

“Look at John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, two wounded combat veterans of the Vietnam War. They’ve got five purple hearts between them. That’s the kind of people we want withdrawing from Afghanistan and ending this insane war and occupation and focusing the country on using the American military to stay out war, but if we get in war to win war and win it quickly,” he said.

Cleland said the pair will bring harmony to the civilian and military sides of …

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New PPP survey: Saxby Chambliss ‘vulnerable,’ but leads potential GOP opponents

A new survey of Georgia voters by Public Policy Polling says U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss can make it to a 2014 general election, he would be hard to beat – but would be “theoretically very vulnerable” in a Republican primary.

See the poll details here. From the press release:

Only 38% of Republican primary voters say they want Chambliss to be their nominee next year, compared to 43% who would prefer someone more conservative. But Chambliss stomps most of the people who’ve shown the most interest in taking him on.

He leads Congressman Paul Broun by a 57/14 margin in a head to head, has a 52/34 advantage over Congressman Tom Price, and leads former Secretary of State Karen Handel 52/23.

In terms of the general election the Georgia Senate race is somewhat reminiscent of the Indiana contest this cycle- if Chambliss is the nominee the seat is probably safe for the GOP, but if someone far to his right wins the primary the Democrats might have a chance
if everything goes their …

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Your daily jolt: ‘Al-Qaeda isn’t on the run,’ says Saxby Chambliss

When Congress returns after the election, Saxby Chambliss said the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing to address the questions that remain unanswered about last month’s deadly attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, from why it took the FBI three weeks to get to Benghazi to the links between the attackers and al-Qaeda.

According to my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington, Chambliss — the ranking Republican on the committee — was privy to much of the same information that President Barack Obama.

That makes the shifting administration account of what happened all the more disturbing, Chambliss said in a telephone interview this morning.

“He stood up in the Rose Garden [on Sept. 12], and he’d seen some of the same information some of the rest of us had seen that unquestionably called it a terrorist attack,” Chambliss said. The senator argued that Obama’s reference to “acts of terror” – a key point in Tuesday’s presidential debate, likely to surface …

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Max Cleland on Arlington scandal: ‘The Army….is not in the cemetery business’

Former U.S. senators Max Cleland of Georgia and Bob Dole of Kansas, both high-credentialed veterans, have been placed in charge of an independent commission looking into the operation of Arlington National Cemetery.

An Army investigation recently found that the remains of U.S. soldiers, marines and other personnel – perhaps hundreds – have been misidentified or misplaced in the venerated burial ground.

While talking to Florida veterans on Friday, Cleland, 67, briefly touched on the situation. From the Orlando Sentinel:

“They’re thinking about war and winning war and strategies for war,” he said of the Army, which oversees the cemetery, the final resting place for more than 300,000 fighting men and women who perished in military service from the Civil War to Afghanistan. “The Army, in many ways, is not in the cemetery business.”

He said the cemetery should be maintained as a living national shrine.

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Lee Hawkins, Max Cleland and the rest of the sentence

We’re closing in on the 24-hour mark of Tuesday’s special election runoff to fill out the last six months of Nathan Deal’s congressional term.

Former state House member Tom Graves of Ranger has latched on to remarks by his opponent, former state senator Lee Hawkins, made at a Dawson County GOP breakfast on Saturday.

Graves has passed around the YouTube clip below, which has Hawkins saying:

“I’ve never voted for a Democratic president. It’s been said I gave money to Max Cleland. I did – ” The Graves video cuts him off there.

But both campaigns were videotaping. So we called the Hawkins campaign for the rest of the quote.

Before he was interrupted, Hawkins said: “….but my wife and I were invited to a birthday party for him in a restaurant. I did not know he was charging money. I’m not used to people charging for a birthday party.”

About the former U.S. senator from Georgia, Hawkins later said, “I admire his service but I don’t agree with his politics.”

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A late jolt: Hugh Cleland, father of former U.S. senator, dies at 96

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

Former U.S. senator Max Cleland sends word that his father died last night. Hugh Cleland was 96, and had remained active until only recently.

Gardening and fishing – mostly for bream – were Hugh Cleland’s constant pastimes, as the above family photo indicates. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Henry Funeral Home in Lithonia.

We noted on Wednesday that the political action committee belonging to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was dropping significant money on Republican candidates in Georgia.

We singled out Sam Olens, the GOP candidate for attorney general, as one of the few non-incumbents that benefitted from Romney’s largesse. But we missed one.

Romney also donated $500 to state Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who’s running for the senate Seat vacated by Dan Weber. Two other Republicans are in that race: 69-year-old real estate broker Jim Duffie and …

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Your morning jolt: A bid to wrap MARTA into state DOT

Perhaps the most important item in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution was an op-ed piece by state Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), recommending that MARTA be folded into the state Department of Transportation.

The most likely vehicle would be the penny sales tax for transportation that has been debated in the Legislature the last two sessions.

Technical problems prevent a link to the actual Millar article on the AJC web site, so I’ve built a temporary link to a Google document instead. But here’s the gist:

It is my intention in 2010 to add to SB 200 or any other approach a Public Transportation division under DOT with the director of that division also being appointed by the Governor. This director can be responsible for operating public transportation agencies in Georgia including MARTA.

At the same time, I plan to introduce local legislation in DeKalb and have one of my fellow members in Fulton do likewise to repeal the current MARTA Act.

Obviously there are details that …

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Mary Norwood increases her lead in ATL race for mayor

We started this week by telling you of a private poll that showed Councilwoman Mary Norwood doing better than many people thought – and within reach of winning the race for mayor of Atlanta without a runoff.

And we end the week with a WSB-TV/InsiderAdvantage poll that says nearly the same thing: Norwood, 39 percent; Lisa Borders, 24 percent; and Kasim Reed, 17 percent. The undecided vote stands at 13 percent.

Margin of error is plus-or-minus 3 percentage points; 734 likely voters participated in the robo-call survey.

Norwood shows a statistically significant, 6-point increase in her lead over a WSB/InsiderAdvantage poll conducted two weeks ago – which can be attributed to a new, effective presence on TV via two 30-second spots.

Like that private poll, the newest IA poll shows Norwood winning a plurality of the African-American vote. For those with a subscription, IA CEO Matt Towery has posted his crosstabs here.

Many will still quibble with the Nov. 3 electorate that …

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