Posted: 12:31 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Sarah Palin boosts Handel and knocks Perdue with visit 

By Greg Bluestein

Former VP contender Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance at an event for Senate candidate Karen Handel. (Bob Andres/AJC)

Former VP contender Sarah Palin made an appearance at an event for Senate candidate Karen Handel. (Bob Andres/AJC)

Sarah Palin swept into Atlanta Thursday to boost the fortunes of the only female Republican in the race for the open Senate seat – and knock a rival who snubbed her lack of a college education.

The former vice presidential candidate pronounced herself “disappointed” by the David Perdue comments that came to light yesterday, and declared it a “sad day” for Republican politics. She said Ronald Reagan faced the same sort of pushback that Karen Handel now faces when he left his acting career to enter politics.

Of Handel, she said, “nothing was handed to her on a silver platter.” She later added: “There are a lot of good, hard-working Americans who have more common sense in their pinky finger than a lot of those Ivy League pieces of paper up on a wall.”  (View photos from today’s event)

Palin was responding to the recent discovery of video we posted yesterday. In the clip, filmed in January, Perdue panned Handel as the “high school graduate in this race.”

Those comments have led to an outpouring of support from tea party groups and others upset by the apparent dig. They are viewed as a game-changer by Handel’s campaign, which lags in fundraising and trails in the polls. And it signals increased scrutiny for Perdue as he rises in recent polls.

Handel left a broken home at 17, finished high school and went to work but never finished college. Her education came up during her 2010 campaign for governor, when there was talk about whether she only earned a GED, which Handel vehemently disputed.

Perdue, who holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech, was trying to emphasize his business background and worldly experience in a contest against Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, and three sitting congressmen. Here’s what he said:

“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?”

Perdue’s campaign said in a statement Thursday that he was raised by two public school teachers and worked his way through college by moonlighting with construction and warehouse jobs.

“Like most Americans, nothing was handed to him on a silver platter,” the campaign said.

Handel, for her part, tried to strike a contrast with Perdue, a former Fortune 500 chief executive who lives in a gated community off Georgia’s coast.

“Some in this race think the problems in Washington are a little too complex for a gal like me,” said Handel, to loud applause. “I’m here to tell you that solving the problems in Washington is going to take guts and resolve.”

“I walk in the shoes of average Georgians,” she said.

236 comments
JohnNorton
JohnNorton

Go Handel,Go Sarah, Go America... ~ !

CandideThirtythree
CandideThirtythree

And here we have proof of why the GOP is known as the stupid party.... so many so proud of being so stupid.


Handel is a high school drop out, she can't show here diploma because she has never gotten one.

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

What nonsense.  Education is SO Overrated.  For generations people never went to college.  Does that mean they were too dumb to understand basic economics?  I look at Washington with IVY League graduate degrees everywhere and it appears it is THEY that have difficulty understanding basic economics.  There is NOTHING Complex about how to build jobs in our economy that has more available energy under our feet than all other nations in the world combined.  It doesn't take a genius to state that we need to drill, and then open up markets across the nation for Natural Gas.  Let's start with every government vehicle and all trucks on the highway be fitted with Natural Gas. That would limit the amount of coal (NG being 1/2 the Greenhouse Gas) that is needed to keep vehicles that would run by electricity.  The electricity to run the vehicles would come from coal.



I believe Karen Handel understands this.  I KNOW Sarah Palin does, and perhaps no other Governor in the country understands our energy environment in this country better than Sarah Palin.  After all she had passed the single most Environmental friendly (Green) energy legislation in the country's history, where by 2025 50% of Alaska will be Reusable Energy sources.   No other government agency will be even close.

exodus2011
exodus2011

Former Gov Sarah Palin is RIGHT - the so-called intellectuals of the ivy league ruling class, who have been in charge for DECADES have put America in a PERILOUS DEBT POSITION ..... get RID of those LOSERS

Bring on common-sense Americans with real world experience and give THEM jurisdiction over America's abundant resources and the U.S. BUDGET!

Half-Evil D
Half-Evil D

"There are a lot of good, hard-working Americans who have more common sense in their pinky finger than a lot of those Ivy League pieces of paper up on a wall.” Unlike Palin and Cruz:)

CarltonWest
CarltonWest

Fastidious, feisty, flamboyant, full-figured feminist freedom-fighter Karen Handel will be a great governor .

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Liberals fail to realize that social conservatives hold certain types in high esteem for their intellectual acumen.  A common thread is that problems can be debated with sound bites, and solutions can be determined by gut feelings.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

I bet that Mrs. Palin would be hard-pressed to identify any having "Ivy League pieces of paper" who think Africa is a country. And, as to her familiarity with "common sense" -- "common" definitely; "sense" not so much. She needs to concentrate on her new reality show on the "So many animals, So little time to shoot them all" Channel. Performing along with "Pigman: The Series", "Bullets and Broadheads", -- oh, and that show with the ex-professional wrestler -- will require all that she can muster..

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

An outsider is the last thing we need in Washington.  It appears that almost 50 % are outsiders as we speak.  It's time for statesmanship and the ability to get things done through compromise.

Tincup
Tincup

Ignorance is a right.  Education is eroding one of the few democratic freedoms remaining to us --- the right to remain ignorant.

dylsgranny
dylsgranny

Handel you have never walked in my shoes, never.  As for guts and resolve, walk in the shoes of the average person who is struggling. 

dylsgranny
dylsgranny

Handel must be hard up for backers if she has to have Palin speak for her.  Palin left hubby at home and also left Teddy boy behind. 

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

SP is hot. I'd love to bed her down.


Would be the best looking thing in the WH in quite awhile.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Most people who are simply insulting these women and calling them juvenile names, cannot name one Handel campaign commitment to debate.

KatieAnnieOakley
KatieAnnieOakley

Interesting: 


"...Of Handel, (Palin) said, “nothing was handed to her on a silver platter.”...". 


Yet, her daughter Bristol mocked Wendy Davis (D-TX candidate for Governor) for 'pulling herself up from her bootstraps and for abandoning her children'. Why is it OK if Handel had to pull herself up from her bootstraps, i.e. having nothing handed to her - but not for Wendy Davis? Palin Family Hypocrisy - its a dish that's served often, and always served ICE COLD. 


BRISTOL PALIN'S HYPOCRITICAL RANT AGAINST WENDY DAVIS


http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/30/local/la-me-ra-bristol-palins-sexist-hypocritical-rant-against-wendy-davis-20140130

notagain
notagain

Do we have good ole girls?

notagain
notagain

Yeah some on here say they would not vote for her because she has no college.

Wish Palin was a Ga girl she's some hottie...she has the rack.........

nimh
nimh

@CuriousPrime  What's liberals got to do with this? This is two conservatives fighting with each other. Perdue and Handel are both conservative.

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@BuckheadBoy  You are clueless.  Do your homework.  Palin is one of the most knowledgeable politicians in this country when it comes to energy.

honested
honested

@SamTheSham  

Unfortunately, statesmanship is at odds with whatever is being sought by conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvatives.

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@dylsgranny  and you have never walked in her shoes either.  Just because your life hasn't worked out, doesn't mean Karen hasn't been successful. 

honested
honested

@HotDawg  

Ok You've got me.

If we hadn't dismantled the State Mental Health Care System, I would certainly vote to have handel committed.

BrianGA
BrianGA

@KatieAnnieOakley  I think the point is that while Wendy Davis was "pulling herself up by her bootstraps," she left her kids halfway across the country with their stepdad for several years. While also claiming to pay for her Harvard education with loans and grants, she was in fact paying for a sizable portion of it using her husband's money--and later emphasizing in her campaign that she was an  "independent women." Oh, and she divorced that same husband the week after she made her final tuition payment. 


If a male politician (a) had his wife pay for his law school education only to immediately divorce her and (b) left his kids halfway across the country with their stepmother for 3+ years so he could "pull himself up by his bootstraps," he would be vilified and accused of waging a war on women. He would rightly be vilified for that if he tried to cast himself as a courageous single father as a means of getting elected to public office.


Sarah and Bristol Palin have their fair share of problems, but Wendy Davis is has repeatedly distorted the truth to advance her political career--which is entirely based on a false narrative. When she is criticized, she resorts to attacking her opponents as sexist. She is unfit for office.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Is Bristol in office somewhere?

Didn't think so.......it's irrelevant.

or about as relevant as your comments against the Palin's. Should we broadcast your hypocrisies in life? Or you have had none? Yeah right.

Are you waiting for the Palin grandchild to reach, say 10 years of age before you start attacking him?

You people are pitiful.

DennisMcHale
DennisMcHale

@deerockin @almmanduane75  I'm a Palin supporter.  I think she is OK looking.  I base my vote on the fact that she was an excellent Governor, who had both Parties pass her legislation.  Not until she became a National threat to both Parties and by Democrat protecting Media did she begin to have problems in Alaska.  She speaks about solutions and is willing to hold Republicans accountable for being unwilling to fight for them.

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blah blah blah

@honested @HotDawg  Oh, blame that on Karen when the FEDS dismantled mental health care 20 years ago.  Just keep whining Mr Cheese.

TNBlueDot
TNBlueDot

@HotDawg That's true - Bristol doesn't hold any elected office - or any other job, for that matter! She and her mother are both irrelevant, They both keep inserting their ignorant ideas at every opportunity in sad attempt to be relevant.. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@honested


Good for you, honested. That is much to be proud of. I imagine you treat your employees and customers with care and respect.  Oh, that all business owners would be as humane and egalitarian in spirit as you.

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@honested @blah blah blah  So the business can run without you.  That's good for the business but it sounds like your position could be in jeopardy.  You may want to update your resume.  Just sayin'

honested
honested

@blah blah blah @honested 

Who is insulting people?

I'm just remembering the truth about karen handel.

If you don't have sufficient efficiency in your workplace to effectively multi-task, you might seek additional training.

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@honested @blah blah blah  I'm not the one insulting people over their life choices, that's you.  No way you can run a business and be on AJC site non-stop spouting off.  So tell the truth, who is running the business.

honested
honested

@blah blah blah @honested 

I am able to keep a job, run a company and make a profit with an enormous number of loyal customers for which I am quite grateful.

I have done so without having to stab any of them in the back or misdirect their funds to satisfy an agenda of misdirection.

How's about you?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@blah blah blah @honested @HotDawg  Actually it was Ronald Reagan who dismantled mental health care more than 30-years ago.  What was referenced is that Karen should be committed, not that she dismantled the system.  Reading the fundamental, but comprehension is a requirement.

honested
honested

@HotDawg  

Come on Dawgie, even you must understand it's time for the Tundra Tart to take up the banjo or go into gospel music.

Her political schtick smells like Todd's catch from last week.

HotDawg
HotDawg

They have the right to do so. As you have the right to make classless comments towards them.

Tacky...but that's your choice to be.

Biff_Kabob
Biff_Kabob

@blah blah blah @honested@notagain She quit her one term as governor "to better serve the people of Alaska."  Then she promptly signed a contact with Faux News.  And about running for office - She did nothing.  Literally.  She was picked by McCain after being interviewed by him once.  And it is pretty widely held she single handedly tanked his presidential election.

You should read more, Blah blab blah. 

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