Tri-state Water Wars Trickle Into Senate Debate

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss made the
battle over water between Georgia and its neighbors a focus of his
debate Monday with Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

Chambliss asked Martin how he could support a presidential
candidate who has announced that he will make protecting Florida's
water resources a priority, possibly at the expense of Georgia.

Democrat Barack Obama announced last week that he would ask the
National Research Council to assess the water supply and determine
how best to divide the valuable resource.

Chambliss asked the question during a Senate debate hosted by
Albany television station WALB, featuring Martin and Libertarian
candidate Allen Buckley.

Martin said the water question is unfair. He said Obama was
referring to a regional water plan.

Martin said he'd be a strong leader in Washington who would have
the courage to disagree with the president on issues such as water
sharing and economic policy if they seem detrimental to Georgians.

The candidates also discussed the need to reduce government
spending, but Chambliss accused Martin of supporting a presidential
candidate who would raise spending significantly.

Martin said Chambliss supports economic stimulus that starts
with the wealthy and trickles down, while he believes the nation
needs to "get money in the pockets of the middle class."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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