THE GEORGIA PLAYBOOK

VYING FOR A SENATE SEAT, DEMOCRAT MAX CLELAND REACHES OUT TO MODERATE VOTERS, MAKING LIFE TOUGH FOR THE REPUBLICANS

At a campaign stop in Athens, Georgia, recently, a woman in the audience tried to entrap Democratic Senate candidate Max Cleland with a liberal-baiting question: Could he explain to Georgia voters his traveling to Massachusetts to campaign for Edward Kennedy? Cleland, a Vietnam War triple amputee, responded that he knew Kennedy through the Senator's son, a fellow amputee, and that he went to praise Kennedy's work on behalf of veterans. By the time he had finished talking, Cleland had transformed a partisan attack into an eloquent speech that hewed closely to the values of his small-town Southern audience.

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