Senate Debate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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."

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