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Across the Aisle V: Bi-Partisan Teamwork

by Jan Schroder

When Democrat Ted Kennedy compromised with Republican Saxby Chambliss on immigration, both found themselves under siege.

“ ‘The left wing of my party is beating me up something awful,’ ” Chambliss remembers Kennedy saying. “He kind of laughed and said, ‘I’m up for re-election this year – you may have to come to Massachusetts and campaign for me.’ We got a chuckle out of that.”

“About a week later, my right-wing folks started giving me the devil. Don’t worry, I don’t need you to come to Georgia and campaign for me,” Chambliss joked.

“We were successful getting some good things done.”

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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