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Senators Share Georgia Pride for Gingrich, Cain

Tom Williams/Roll Call
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (above) has high praise for Newt Gingrich, calling him “the smartest politician I know.”

He does have some great ideas. Like all of us, every now and then one or two of them arent as good as we think they are. But if you arent thinking, you dont need to be in this job, said Isakson, who was elected to Gingrichs old House seat following his resignation from Congress after the 1998 midterm elections. Like anybody with a long career in public life, with that comes a lot of perceptions and past experiences, which hes being confronted with now that hes gotten into the race. But you cant underestimate him as an individual and a politician.

Isakson also is particularly familiar with Cain. The former CEO of the Godfathers Pizza restaurant chain ran against Isakson in 2004 in an open GOP Senate primary. Isakson, who won that race, said it was an achievement for Cain that he finished second, ahead of then-Rep. Mac Collins.

Hermans a very articulate guy, hes got a good business background. Hes a great speaker, and I know Herman well and have a high regard for he and [Gingrich] both, Isakson said. He was underestimated in the race he and I were in. It was a three-man race, and the incumbent Congressman who ran against me finished third.

Chambliss offered similar praise for Cain, calling him a really good guy and a really great communicator.

Cain is a bright guy, a good sound businessman. And, again, would make a very good president, in my opinion, Chambliss said. What Im hearing from folks around the country is, Gee, I didnt know Herman Cain but I happened to see him in the debate, or heard him on TV the other day, and this guys got really good ideas, and hes a comer. And, hes going to get a really good look by a lot of people.

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