Max Cleland on his 2002 race: Georgia’s new voting machines were ‘ripe for fraud’

Jim Galloway Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jun 11 2009

Max Cleland, as the new secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, was with President Barack Obama in Normandy last week for ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

But the former Georgia senator has a private venture going as well — a memoir he’s been working on for some time, entitled “Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove.”

According to The Hill, the D.C. newspaper:

In the book, scheduled to be published in October, Cleland berates former President Bush and several members of his administration for their actions during their years in power and hints at a government cover-up in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

On the 2002 campaign to unseat him:

As to the infamous TV ad the GOP ran against Cleland, which featured pictures of the senator alongside photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, Cleland called it a “new low in national politics” and an “absolute distortion of reality.”
He did note that some Republicans senators came to his defense and that then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) offered to do a TV ad for his campaign. He recalls that Saxby Chambliss (R), against whom Cleland was running, called Hagel seven times in one day to ask him not to do it. Hagel asked Chambliss to take the ad down, but Chambliss modified it instead, according to the book.

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