Posted: 4:38 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Video: David Perdue knocks the “high school graduate in this race” 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — With David Perdue’s ascent to the top of the polls in the Senate race comes additional scrutiny for his record and statements. Thus, a source passed along the above video of Perdue speaking in Bibb County in January about how his educational experience compares to former Secretary of State Karen Handel’s:

“I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex. There’s only one candidate in this race that’s ever lived outside the United States. How can you bring value to a debate about the economy unless you have any understanding about the free enterprise system and how — what it takes to compete in the global economy?”

Handel left a broken home at 17, finished high school and went to work but never finished college. This issue came up during her 2010 campaign for governor, when there was talk about whether she only got a GED, which Handel vehemently disputed. Perdue holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech.

Asked this afternoon about Perdue’s comments, campaign spokesman Derrick Dickey responded with this:

“David was simply making the case that he is the most qualified person in this race to help get our economy back on track so that we can start paying down the massive federal debt.  His comment was based on facts that are a matter of public record.”

After Tuesday’s email exchange, Handel-Perdue could be an escalating fight.

UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: Handel campaign manager Corry Bliss responded via email:

“It is disappointing that David would demean someone who—by no fault of her own—moved out of an abusive home at age 17, and with her own hard work and determination, is the embodiment of the American Dream.

“Karen is an example of how, with great perseverance and sheer will, the circumstances under which you grow up do not dictate your ability to succeed.

“While David boasts about all the time he spent living in Europe and Asia, and all of the millions of dollars he intends to spend on this race, this election is about who conservatives can relate to and trust to get results in the United States Senate.” 

Also worth noting: Georgia political leaders without a college degree include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.
In addition, Jack Kingston lived out of the country as a child, in Ethiopia, according to a spokesman.

147 comments
HANK55
HANK55

PERDUE JUST CUT DOWN ABOUT 85% OF THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD VOTE FOR HIM. I CAN'T GET PASSED THE STATEMENT AND WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM. AND I HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE. THE MAN THINKS YOU ARE STUPID IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SHEEPSKIN ON THE WALL.

SteveDelvecchio
SteveDelvecchio

“David was simply making the case that he is the most qualified person in this race to help get our economy back on track so that we can start paying down the massive federal debt."


Think of it: The vast majority of ultra-conservative voters are part of the lower 99.9%, voting against their own well-being. What a remarkable brainwashing job, the .1% have done.

Of course, there is no “debt crisis,” a manufactured “crisis” that could end tomorrow with the simple expedient of not issuing any more T-securities. Even the existing T-securities could be made to disappear, by the other simple expedient of debiting T-security accounts and crediting checking accounts. That could be done tomorrow, without creating any new money.

There are, in fact, just two debt crises, and neither has anything to do with federal debt. One is the crisis of consumer debt, forced on the ignorant, who have been made to believe it is better for a Monetarily Sovereign government to run a surplus than for the economy to run a surplus. (“The government needs my dollars more than I do.”)

The other debt crisis is the shameful, unnecessary student debt crisis.

ThomasHubbard
ThomasHubbard

I'm an Independent and really wish the GOP would stop undermining themselves.  They drug Obama's name through the mud, claiming he had no real business experience and was only a "Community Organizer" from Chicago.  Now you've got a chance to get a successful businessman in Senate, but you'd rather put a high school graduate in there?  She's a career politician - she would have to be!  Thought the GOP hated career politicians?  Believe me...I understand the struggle and know that folks are often put in predicaments due to know fault of their own.   Herman Cain showed them absolutely no love during the 2012 presidential race (remember him saying it was people's fault they were unemployed?).   I know MANY people from harsher and more humbling beginnings who actually had enough dignity and drive to obtain a higher education...through hard work and personal responsibility, which are supposedly conservative values.  David Perdue is undoubtedly the best man for the job.  What the GOP fails to realize is that people actually WANT them to produce viable candidates and they just keep on dropping the ball.  

aep
aep

He doesn't plan to win, does he? Another Male Republican speaking out about what wimmen folks should do. Keep it up, bubba! What kind of real world experience does he have?


ignatzz
ignatzz

Actually, successful American businessmen used to routinely be "just high school graduates."  It is since we had made "business" a college degree that American business has turned lousy.  What USED to be an innovative business culture that led the world has now turned into the moribund worthless marketplace that America has now - a business culture of hollow, unimaginative bean counters who don't make anything BUT money.   The MBA has ruined both American business AND American universities.

ImJustAGuy
ImJustAGuy

All Handel has to say in response is: "When you rely on a college degree as the sum of your qualifications for office, I submit to you three names: Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and John Kerry.  Now, that we got that out of the way, lets talk about what REALLY matters!"

GavinVolaire
GavinVolaire

Perdue just gave Handel her entire platform on a silver platter. What a gift.

Grimwinder
Grimwinder

Yeah, because all those Ivy League educated lawyers in Congress have done such a stellar job running the country over the last few decades......

BretFox
BretFox

I will take a GED who has common sense and knows right from wrong over a college grad who thinks he/she is better than those without a college degree.  This guy Perdue has obviously led a sheltered life and pampered a bit too much. He needs some hard knocks in his life and humbled by failure combined with the struggle for success before he is qualified for any office. He thinks he is better than another human being due to his college degree. How stupid can one get?  Get rid of this creep.

PhilipLivingston
PhilipLivingston

What a jerk. Hey Mr. Purdue, Harry Truman never went to college either, but Clinton and Obama sure did!

Krusty Love
Krusty Love

What an elitist aohle.  Looking at all the "college" rulers currently in office should make someone without a degree look extremely desireable.

Rhettbutler
Rhettbutler

I worked for Mac Robinson for 9 years. He was in the top 10 most wealthiest Georgians and was a college dropout.. My father was adopted and yet became a doctor, magna cum laude and ended up being the chief of staff at Northside hospital in the early 1970's.  Mr. Perdue has just exposed himself for what he is and lost all my respect. While Mr. Perdue may be a smart and educated man but I myself look to the person and their character and the whole picture. Georgians don't need an elitist snob looking down on the rest of us peasants

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

The Tea Party Blowback


Let's be clear: this wasn't newsspeak. Mr. Perdue knew what he said and to whom he said it. It's "code", in his world, for Tea Party supporters. He was sending a message to his Chamber-of- Commerce special interest chummies up in Washington that he is only playing this tea party gig until the primary season ends, and that he is actually one of them. 


ex animo

davidfarrar

Patrick_Bell
Patrick_Bell

Since 99% of the Senate have at least a bachelor's degree I am led to believe I'd rather have a Senator without a college degree. I have to ask, how have those college educated Senators done so far??

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

I am not sure how far Mr. Perdue's campaign is going to go after his statement about Ms Handel's education becomes generally known to fellow Georgians, especially when they also learn where he lives, and that their flood insurance rates may rise because of it.


Can you say: a gated community on Sea Island, Ga.?


ex animo
davidfarrar

honested
honested

Yet another diversion from the most important issue in the Senate race.


All Georgia Democrats must vote for paul broun in the primary.


Otherwise, we'll likely be stuck with one of these backbiting dolts as a Senator.

Tincup
Tincup

From following Georgia politics for over fifty years, I can affirm that education doesn't seem to be a qualifier, but on the contrary, a hindrance as the good people of Georgia favor those who do and say stupid stuff --- and the more ridiculous the better!9


JaySly
JaySly

another rich crooked republican will be in the senate---it never changes

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

Handel is NOT related to Slick Sonny.  That is more of an important issue in my book.

partlycloudy
partlycloudy

Too bad kinsgton didn't stay in Ethiopia.  And too bad Handel didn't stay in the DC area where she is from.  Was Kingston born in Texas when his parents were living there?  Too many of the extreme right-wingers move to GA to run for office.  Handel is against abortion and Kinsgton thinks kids who get "free" lunches should have to sweep up the school cafeteria.  BTW, his ad with the old station wagon doesn't show him driving around in the big SUV I've seen him driving around in.

Bob Walen
Bob Walen

Oh yes the almighty degree that is so essential to success.

If I am not mistaken the current resident of public housing on Pennsylvania Ave. graduated from Harvard.

"There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in".

Will Rogers

Chris30338
Chris30338

Georgia will get the Governor it deserves. And I'm sure they'll choose just as poorly as they always have.

CynthiaTedesco
CynthiaTedesco

as Margaret responded I am stunned that you able to make $9859 in four weeks on the internet . read W­o­r­k­s­7­7­.­C­O­M­

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

In Ga, about 36% of the labor force has at least a 2 year degree, about 1.8 Million out of about 5.3 Mil.  If perdue's remarks become widely known, I wonder how many of those 3.5 Mil potential voters without degrees will take umbrage at his comment, which basically sounds like he is telling them they are not fit to hold office in this state.. There will also be those with degrees who find his remark condescending.

Far be it from me to defend karen handel, but with what is deemed PLA, (prior life experience) becoming more and more accepted for college credit at mainstream universities, I am sure her experience in government and private enterprise would provide her with enough college credit for at least an Associate's degree from a mainstream university, should she ever decide to assemble the portfolio required to obtain the credits.

Finally, lest anyone forget, our previous disaster of a President had an MBA from Harvard. Higher education doesn't get much higher than a Harvard MBA, yet he demonstrated he was unfit to for the office of County Ordinary.

Atlantabusinessman
Atlantabusinessman

Watch out for Karen. I think she will make the run off...and win.

I have 2 degrees. But, I will vote for her. ...for sure, now, I will.

Atlantabusinessman
Atlantabusinessman

Watch out for Karen. I think she will make the run off....and win. She is a strong conservative.

dreluv
dreluv

Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter going turn Georgia blue...People are tire of these corrupt republican.

Nathan Deal going to lose the election against Jason Carter..Nathan Deal got Georgian mad with him if he pass the worst gun laws in America history. Deal got Georgian mad about cutting Medicaid for 600,000 poor Georgian...It time for Georgia to go blue.

Stuffy
Stuffy

i'm no fan of Perdue but the fact is that everything Karen Handel touches turns to shhhhh...She is an idealogue only. Is that a reflection of her education? Does it really  matter why she is so unqualified for office?

BigHat
BigHat

In the words of Jethro Bodine, "you're deal'n with a 6th grade education here, so don't go question'n my cypher'n." 

spike79
spike79

The wealthiest, most successful businessmen I know personally dont have college degrees.  And by the way, neither do a lot of the wealthiest Americans, like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Paul Allen, Mark Zuckerberg.  Any of those names sound familiar?

CoD79
CoD79

@ignatzz  Perdue has neither a business bachelor nor an MBA. His undergrad is in Industrial Engineering, and his masters in operations research, both from Georgia Tech.  

CoD79
CoD79

@GavinVolaire  So what's her platform? "Ignorance is bliss"? "I don't have a fancy college degree like those big city senate candidates"? 

CoD79
CoD79

@Krusty Love  Nope, just realistic about limitations of high school education in the 21st century. 

GSP42
GSP42

@Rhettbutler most wealthy rich people are college dropouts, Walt Disney, Ray Kroc, etc...college is for slow learners. But I favor Purdue over the others. I prefer the rich folks myself, they are the job creators and what we need.

GavinVolaire
GavinVolaire

@DavidFarrar Pipe down with your paranoia, Farrar. You can accuse any group of using code words and dog whistles. What do you think "He could have been my son" was, just as one example?

GSP42
GSP42

@DavidFarrar , seems to me he would be against flood insurance if he lives there, I do not understand you logic, or lack of logic.

honested
honested

@Tincup  

One need look no further than the final of the three practiced (though unstated) principles of the current republican party:

Ignorance is Strength.

Krusty Love
Krusty Love

@FoSho  you need to get off the dem plantation FoSho...  you are being blindsided.  BOTH parties are despicable.

lover of freedom
lover of freedom

@FoSho


Just for kicks....lets add up the net worth of Dem Senators vs. Republican ones, and see how it weighs out. 


So many citizens who believe what someone tells them vs. TRUTH ! 

Krusty Love
Krusty Love

@Bob Walen  What do you mean, isn't Obama an expert in the Constitution?  And look... he is doing an excellent job in destroying it.

LegolasMirkwood
LegolasMirkwood

@AuntieChrist  


PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) is an actual evaluation of prior learned knowledge, not experience in general.  That being clarified, I do see far more value to actual in the environment experience rather than some remotely related college degree with some related cronyism which tends to come with it.


Representing the people of GA is just as if not far more important than supporting one's bff's in government contracts to the detriment of the people.



AreaMan
AreaMan

@AuntieChrist We've got the part-time community organizer with the Harvard Law degree and the 38% approval rating to keep Ol' Dubya company.  Somewhere, Jimmy Carter, the nuclear physicist, must be smiling.

Bob Walen
Bob Walen

@dreluv

Oh oh. All this time I thought the corrupt puppet in the White House was like myself, a Democrat.

My bad, I apologize.

nomaj
nomaj

@spike79  


Indeed true - they dropped out of college because their respective business models succeeded early - but in THIS race, David Perdue is head and shoulders more qualified to be senator than Karen Handel, regardless of whether he went to Georgia Institute of Technology or Sam Houston Institute of Technology, .

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@GavinVolaire @DavidFarrar  


Explain that me again.  Why should I pipe down because Mr. Perdue is trying to play it both ways? He is trying to portray himself as a fiscal conservative, grassroot Tea Party supporter, while still appealing to big money Washington insiders, whom he will be only too happy to serve once in Washington.   


ex animo

davidfarrar

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@GSP42 @DavidFarrar  


Would you live on a barrier, barrier island  without flood insurance?


Those that do, are either too rich to care, or expect Georgia residents to pay higher premiums so these people can afford floor insurance. These barrier island should have never been developed in the first place, especially Sea Island, which act as a barrier to another barrier island of  St. Simon. 


ex animo

daviodfarrar