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Interview with Saxby Chambliss, April 16, 2007

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:08 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: Saxby Chambliss, who is our senior citizen - - senior senator, I’m sorry; I’m the senior citizen - - in Washington. Senator, you’re very welcome to our program.

Segment Synopsis: Bob Short provides the introduction to the interview, and he introduces Senator Saxby Chambliss.

Keywords: Bob Short; Saxby Chambliss; Washington DC; senator

00:01:15 - Childhood / Career

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Partial Transcript: I didn’t grow up in Georgia.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss talks about his childhood. He moved around to different cities because his father was a minister. He talks about attending the University of Georgia for undergrad and the University of Tennessee for Law School. Chambliss also talks about how he became involved in politics.

Keywords: Darien, Ga; House of Representatives; Julie Chambliss; Moultrie, Ga; Roy Rowland; Shreveport, La; Washington DC; law school

00:05:14 - Intelligence Committee / Opinions on combatting terrorism

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Partial Transcript: I think that - - didn’t your experience in the House give you sort of a leg up on some of the senators, and with your experience in terrorism and national security and that sort of thing?

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss talks about the different committees he was assigned to in the House. He talks extensively about the Intelligence Committee and the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Chambliss also shares his opinions on how to combat terrorism.

Keywords: 9/11; Al Qaeda; Jane Harman; September 11th; United Nations; agriculture committee; armed services; attacks; committees; intelligence committee; terrorism

00:16:49 - Immigration

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Partial Transcript: You have had a very broad perspective on the issue of immigration.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss shares his opinions on immigration both legal and illegal, giving examples of strategies that he thinks would work.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security; amnesty; border; border patrol; citizenship; illegal immigration; immigration; objective standards; temporary worker program; trigger; work visas

00:22:42 - Agriculture / Climate change

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Partial Transcript: Well, speaking of agriculture, you’ve been chairman and now you’re a ranking member.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss shares his opinions on agriculture in America. He also talks about how Global Warming will be an issue for the agriculture industry.

Keywords: Greenland; agriculture; climate change; committee; economy; environment issue; farmer; global warming; income; mankind; market place; subsidies

00:27:20 - The US Millitary

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Partial Transcript: Well, you are following in the footsteps of two great Georgia senators, Russell and Nunn, as a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss talks about the US military and its importance around the world. He refutes the opinion that military spending in the US is too high.

Keywords: Armed Services Committee; Richard B Russell; Sam Nunn; US military; armed forces; funding

00:30:47 - Social Security / Taxes

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Partial Transcript: One of our policies in our reflections program is to submit questions asked by either students or the adults in continuing learning.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss talks about Social Security and how it can be reformed to ensure the benefits for future generations. Chambliss also talks about the Fair Tax. He shares his opinions on how the tax code can be reformed in America.

Keywords: 401K; Bill Gates; Johnny Isakson; Social Security; Warren Buffett; Zell Miller; benefits; fair tax; means test; reforms; senior citizens; tax code; taxes

00:41:12 - Reflections on George Busbee

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Partial Transcript: George Busbee was a dear friend of mine basically all of my adult life in Georgia.

Segment Synopsis: Chambliss speaks fondly about George Busbee and their friendship.

Keywords: George Busbee