Senator Cleland in Crawford, Texas in 2004. Mr. Cleland was attempting to deliver a letter to George W. Bush asking that attack ads on John Kerry’s Vietnam service be stopped.)
A new report by Public Policy Polling tells us that Georgia Democrats might have a real shot at making the Senate race competitive next year. The potential candidates include 5 Republicans (Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Karen Handel, Jack Kingston and Tom Price) and 3 Democrats (John Barrow, Jason Carter, and Max Cleland):
Cleland is the only person in the whole bunch who has more than 50% statewide name recognition, with 48% of voters rating him favorably to 29% with an unfavorable view.
If Cleland could be coaxed into the race he would start out with a lead over every Republican we tested him against. He’s up 1 against Price, 3 against Kingston, 5 against Gingrey, and 7 against Broun and Handel.
Rep. Paul Broun is the guy who said evolution, embryology and Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
In 2002, Saxby Chambliss (who is retiring) ran this ad juxtaposing Max Cleland, a triple amputee and Vietnam war veteran, to a picture of Osama Bin Laden. It worked. Chambliss won Cleland’s seat and the GOP took control of the Senate:
Upon urging from Karl Rove and the Bush administration who viewed the Democratic party of Georgia as vulnerable, Chambliss ran for the Senate in 2002, facing freshman Democratic incumbent Max Cleland. Chambliss’s political career would have likely ended if he hadn’t run for the Senate…
A toast to a Cleland Comeback. Cheers!