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Zell Miller

Zell Bryan Miller (February 24, 1932 – March 23, 2018) was an American author and politician from the U.S. state of Georgia. A Democrat, Miller served as lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, and as U.S. Senator from 2000 to 2005.

Miller was a conservative Democrat. In 2004, he supported Republican President George W. Bush against the Democratic nominee John Kerry in the presidential election. Miller was a keynote speaker at both major American political parties' national conventions - Democratic in 1992 and Republican in 2004.


  • I know what Dan Quayle means when he says it's best for children to have two parents. You bet it is! And it would be nice for them to have trust funds, too. We can't all be born rich and handsome and lucky. And that's why we have a Democratic Party. My family would still be isolated and destitute if we had not had F.D.R.'s Democratic brand of government. I made it because Franklin Delano Roosevelt energized this nation. I made it because Harry Truman fought for working families like mine. I made it because John Kennedy's rising tide lifted even our tiny boat. I made it because Lyndon Johnson showed America that people who were born poor didn't have to die poor. And I made it because a man with whom I served in the Georgia Senate, a man named Jimmy Carter, brought honesty and decency and integrity to public service. [1].
    • Keynote address at the 1992 Democratic National Convention
  • I say bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable.
    • Speech on Senate floor shorty after attacks against U.S. on September 11, 2001. [2]; (at end of video).
  • I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel.
    • To Chris Matthews on Hardball after his speech at the 2004 RNC, September 1, 2004.
  • Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide.
    • Speech given at the Republican National Convention, New York, September 1, 2004.
  • How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years?
    • Miller asked in March 2007 during a fund-raiser in Macon, Georgia, for Sav-A-Life Care Center, a crisis pregnancy center. Sav A Life Care Center > Home
  • Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We’re too few because too many of our babies have been killed. Over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973.” "If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security. Still, we watch as 3,700 babies are killed every single day in America. It is unbelievable that a nation under God would allow this.

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