US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
ATHENS, Ga. - In his first public comments since announcing last week he would not seek reelection in 2014, Senator Saxby Chambliss pushed back against the idea he wouldn't have survived a primary challenge from members of his own party.
"I didn't need to take a poll, walking down the streets of Moultrie or Atlanta or wherever when people come up to you and say the kinds of things that were being said to me, it gave me a great feeling about the fact that we had stuck with our principals, and the people of Georgia were going to support us overwhelmingly," Chambliss said.
In a joint appearance with Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Chambliss addressed a group at the University of Georgia about leadership.
Both Senators are members of the bi-partisan "Gang of Six" that tried to tackle the debt ceiling problem in 2010. Warner and Chambliss spoke highly of each other, and said working relationships like theirs are what the country needs to survive.
"[From an ethical perspective,] he's got kids and grandkids he wanted to make sure he didn't punt this problem to," Warner said of Chambliss' work on the debt debate.
"That's political leadership; and the people of Georgia owe him a great debt of gratitude."