Posted: 2:01 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Nathan Deal on Ebola, missed votes and Hamas 

By Jim Galloway

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, with racing great Jimmy Johnson, right. AJC/Nicholas Fouriezos

Gov. Nathan Deal, center, with racing great Jimmy Johnson, right. AJC/Nicholas Fouriezos

Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos caught up with Gov. Nathan Deal this morning at a photo op involving a slew of NASCAR and Atlanta Speedway racing execs — including a certain six-time Sprint Cup Champion named Jimmy Johnson.

After a group posing and the requisite gift-exchanging, the governor answered some of the more salient questions of the week — from Ebola to Hamas.

On Ebola: Emory University Hospital is now hosting two American case workers who have contracted the deadly Ebola disease while working in west Africa. That has caused some to worry, but Deal made it clear that he’s not one of them.

“We just have to understand that [Emory and other healthcare professionals] have taken the utmost precautions,” Deal said. “I don’t think we should have any reason to be concerned about it.”

On the other hand, the governor pointed out that no one in state government was part of the decision chain that brought two missionary workers to Georgia. Deal said the planning and cost of bringing the two patients to Atlanta were handled by the feds and that no state resources were used in transporting them.

“We simply wish the patients well in their recovery,” Deal said. “It’s nice to know we have facilities here that can deal with some of these difficult situations.”

On missed votes, in Congress and elsewhere: Earlier this week, we scrutinized Democrat Jason Carter’s missed votes while he prepared to launch his gubernatorial campaign, and also published a counterpunch from Carter – which criticized Deal’s missed votes as a state senator and then, later, as a congressman.

Deal had his response ready. “Obviously, when you’re running for a statewide office and you’re in Washington and 600-plus miles away, there are going to be times when you miss votes,” said Deal, referring to his 2009 gubernatorial bid launched at the tail end of his U.S. House career.

Deal claimed most of the times he missed were on non-controversial, early-in-the-week votes.

“As far as my missing votes as a state senator, I suggest that he recall that for those last two years I was the president pro tempore of the Senate,” Deal said. “The president pro tempore is often called upon to preside in the absence of the lieutenant governor. And when you’re the presiding officer chair, you don’t vote.”

(Bryan Thomas, a spokesman for the Carter campaign, quickly said this via email: “None of those votes are from when Deal was presiding or excused.”)

Finally, there was the topic of Hamas: You’ll recall that the governor co-authored a Washington Times op-ed last week that very nearly called out former President Jimmy Carter as an anti-Semite when it came to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That was followed this week by an article on the current Israeli-Gaza conflict in Foreign Policy, co-authored by the former president. It argued that the West should recognize Hamas as “a legitimate political actor.”

“There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict,” the piece added. “These are war crimes.”

Deal took specific exception to the latter comment.

“I certainly don’t agree with things like that,” Deal said. “I think they are inflammatory and I don’t think they’re true.”

Deal said his rival should clarify his own views on the issue.

“[Jason] has taken the position that his grandfather is his greatest support mechanism,” Deal said. “I would like to know where he stands on his grandfather’s pronouncement.”

 

51 comments
gwmac
gwmac

Nathan Deal is absolutely sickening. He has been corrupt long before he was governor. How did this crook ever get elected to any office higher than dog catcher? Check this link out for a list of what shady Deal has been up to for over a decade.


http://wp.me/p4Mtol-o6

Point
Point

If Deal is going to continue to bring up Jimmy Carter in his campaign, then we need to give equal time to his own grandfather.  Some have said Deal's grandfather owned slaves.

Carlyle10
Carlyle10

NWGal.

Who in Isreal cares about what elected officials think in Georgia????The answer is quite simple,it's those investing hundreds of millions of dollars in various Counties across our State,whether it be the Kubutz,individuals or Corporations.Ole Jimmy is an anchor to Junior,he can't hide from it.

Carlyle10
Carlyle10

Foreign affairs absolutely affect State governments,particularly in the area of Economic development.Isreal is active in placing manufacturing jobs in Georgia and I think it would be foolish for a Governor to be in agreement with Jimmy Carter on this subject.What is Juniors position or does he wish not to side with his whacked out Grandaddy?

NWGAL
NWGAL

Talk about international affairs to divert attention from local failures. Great strategy. And Republicans criticize Nunn for not enunciating her vision for Georgia. Unfortunately, we already know Deal's vision: filling his own pockets.

td1234
td1234

The more these progressive clowns whine about God's chosen people the more likely it is time for me to get involved in the governors race. I will send these few blogs as links to all the members of my church and see how they feel about the progressives not supporting Israel.

GREYGHOST
GREYGHOST

Think it's time to reshuffle the deck and RE-Deal.

Claver
Claver

Hamas?  Yes, that is Georgia's biggest problem right now.

honested
honested

Since shady can't run on his record, the plan appears to be deny, deflect, mis-direct, and for whatever weird reason, foreign affairs (an issue having absolutely nothing to do with any state governor).

We probably need to expand the questions and find out what nathan thinks about our international relationships with Finland, Estonia and East Timor. At least we could see if he can find them on a map!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

 "Deal said the planning and cost of bringing the two patients to Atlanta were handled by the feds and that no state resources were used in transporting them".  I wish I could say the same about my tax dollars taking care of his sorry a$$.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Jim, There are more Americans Dying everyday across this Great Nation on American Soil due to Republican Governors BLOCKING Affordable and accessible Healthcare than the (4) Four who DIED in a War Zone in Benghazi!

The latest is a Woman in North Carolina who Died in a Parking Lot of a Heart Attack waiting an HOUR on a Medivac Helicopter to arrive. The Hospital in her area had been closed months ago due to the Governor's refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The Strangest and saddest Part of the story is that this woman had INSURANCE!

Thank-you Republicans of America, for Healthcare in America is YOUR BENGHAZI!

Nathan we are awaiting on the news of the DEATH of a resident of Georgia as result of your unwise and irresponsible decision to deny Medicaid Expansion. Am told it will NOT be long now....Children,Seniors, The Disabled, Handicapped, The Mentally handicapped, Veterans and Patients are suffering in Greater numbers throughout Georgia. They will be the WATERLOO and Benghazi of your second Term Quest. And you like RHETT BUTLER says, "Frankly My Dear, I do not Give a Damn" and We Hear ya Loud and Clear.

uh...huh.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Nathan Deal's opinion does not matter on foreign affairs (Israel) because his politics will always be local so what he need to talk about is the medicaid money he turned down and the affect it's having on Grady since he has decided to comment on the professionalism of Grady.   “We just have to understand that [Emory and other healthcare professionals] have taken the utmost precautions,” Deal said. “I don’t think we should have any reason to be concerned about it.”  

Bernie31
Bernie31

The Insurance Policy Ole yella Teeth has just signed says..."If something goes wrong over at EMORY for whatever reason you cannot BLAME ME  or HOLD ME, Nathan responsible for NUTHIN!  No one asked Me about bring either of these Patients here. Not that I would have said No because they are good God fearing Republicans Even though I am the per-eminet KING responsible for the protection and safety of every breathing and living Soul in the STATE of GEORGIA.  I as a Witless Numbskull Governor decided to stay out of the decision making to avoid Blame and responsibility...even though by definition I AM.


No STATE money was spent in the handling of this matter, Let me be clear. But God forbid If anything does, We ain't got no money anyway to spend to make it RIIIITTTE!


Words from the head of Our illustrious Leader in Chief....not many as ALL can see.

DrPhill
DrPhill

Ice-Storm Deal is as corrupt as his clone, Sonny Go-Fish Georgia, and he may even be dumber.

ByteMe
ByteMe

“I would like to know where he stands on his grandfather’s pronouncement.”


I would like to know what Gaza has to do with the state of Georgia first.  Or am I the only one willing to ask the "hard questions"?

DS
DS

Apparently Nathan Deal has never heard of the Geneva Conventions and doesn't realize that the United States has signed and ratified these provisions.

Bernie31
Bernie31

The Ethically challenged Governor appears to be a bit confused on just which Carter is after his JOB. It would be the Younger one...The one named Jason aka Little David who has a Slingshot at the Ready for a ONE EYED Giant named Nathan aka Goliath. Nathan if you are referring to the the Former U.S. President, Nobel Prize Winner, Noted Person of Great compassion and concern for The Poor & Needy.

you mean President Jimmy Carter.

Now share with the Good People your GOOD DEEDS & Works?

Silence......Crickets Singing.

Then there is this...."I Am good at LYING"

Logical One
Logical One

There goes former Pres Jimmy Carter again advocating for dealing with terrorists. Sure, let's give the terrorists a victory of sorts for purposefully killing and injuring as many civilians as possible. Thanks Pres Carter!


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Point  New taxpayer-financed Confederate license plate...which sells for $80, with ten of those bucks earmarked for the Sons of Confederate Veterans... I was wondering why my tax dollars are good for this BS but not good enough to give healthcare to the sick in GA, it's in honor of what his grandfather stood for.  

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Carlyle10 Since Georgia's unemployment rate is worse than  the country as a whole, those "hundreds of millions of dollars" of investments are where exactly?  Deal's trip to Israel was a tax payer provided vacation masquerading as state business. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Carlyle10 McCain got 22% Romney got 32% using the same talking points.  It didnt work then and its not going to work now.  That's what happens when you continiously use the likes of Rove as an advisor.  He has no fresh ideas just the same old regurgutated BS.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Carlyle10 How many votes did Willard Mitt Romney and John McCain get from the Jewish population using that old GOP talking point?  No spin just the percentage of their votes to president Obama.  

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Carlyle10 Junior is actually Perdue. His father was senior, he is junior. Jason Carter is the grandson. It's simple math. 

And who in Israel cares a jot about what a politician running for state office in Georgia thinks about the Middle East?

DS
DS

@Carlyle10

Jason Carter issued a memo describing his views on Israel. Here are a few highlights:

"I understand and appreciate the importance of Israel to all Americans and, specifically to the state of Georgia. A close relationship between the United States and Israel benefits both nations. It is imperative that this relationship remain strong, and that the United States reaffirm and maintain its commitment to the state of Israel based upon our shared values, and for the sake of Israel’s security and America’s interests in the region."

"I also understand that international efforts to delegitimize Israel have been increasing, and pose real threats to Israel and its democratic values. I oppose efforts such as boycotts, divestment, or sanctions that seek to isolate and delegitimize Israel and its standing in the region and the world.

As governor, I will do all that I can to ensure that Georgia continues to be not only a political ally of Israel, but a strong economic partner as well."

https://cmgajcpolitics.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/carter-israel-white-paper.pdf

I'd say Jason seems less apt to pressure the Israeli government on Palestine issues than his grandfather and more inclined to be a friendly trading partner as Governor.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td123434 Don't forget to memo God on the GOP's pee before you can eat program and how being fiscally conservative takes precedence over the sick and poor while  you are at it.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Claver  The Washington Monthly did a survey in 2012 of Reformed Jews and 46 percent of those surveyed said that “a commitment to social equality” was “most important to their Jewish identity,” well outpacing support for Israel and religious observance, which only received 20 and 17 percent individually.  This is why Jews are Democrats so let Nathan Deal talk about Hamas all he wants to but within the Jewish community Israel and Iran are not as important as income inequality, health care and the economy.  This is why the president was able to beat Willard Mitt Romney he tried to sell the same old BS to the Jewish community regurgitated from an old republican play book and they rejected it. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested He need to give up on foreign affairs he will never be President nor Secretary of State.  Too much baggage, controversial comments and votes.  What's the real reason he is begging the Jewish community for votes?  Could it be that his base and rural voters are not in the solid red column for Georgia?  

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Bernie31 Amen Bernie. Georgians will die this year because of our failure to expand Medicaid. The faux Christians who are okay with that richly deserve our condemnation.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@StraightNoChaser - As if ole Yella Teeth cared anyway for if something does happen. Nathan has a Plane already gassed up and ready to go in a moments notice. T get the Heck outta DODGE with his Queen tow. Laughing at all of US as flies over US laughing with that Sunshine smile and grinning , saying "See ya in Hell, Suckers!

uh...huh

DS
DS

@ByteMe

You're right; this doesn't have anything to do directly with the race for Georgia governor. Deal is trying to change the subject so he won't have to talk about roads, schools, water supplies, hospital closings and things like that.

If Jason Carter wants to answer Deal's question, he only has to say that he supports the Geneva Conventions, which both the US and Israel have signed and ratified.

Deal would probably have no idea what this means. He might even continue to dig a deeper hole by indicating that he is opposed to the Geneva Conventions, as he seems to be doing in his quoted remarks.

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

How's the mcconnell vs. Lundegren-Grimes race looking from there in the bunker?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Logical One - Why NOT thank your Beloved W. allowed the one who Killed 3,000 Americans in New YORK roam the EARTH unhindered his entire (8) Eight years in OFFICE and then says this.

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care" - George W. Bush and did not catch him. Then you clowns let W. Swagger his Drunk Butt Home with a 21 Gun salute, saying We will miss YOU! Terribly!  

I do not Think SO.

uh...huh.

uh...huh

Point
Point

@StraightNoChaser @Point and when he referred to "ghetto grandmothers" and the voter ID law...all the fuss has been you have to have an ID to do blah, blah, blah and the least you can do is have an ID to vote.  The part they don't want you to know is all these people have a current ID. All the new documentation you have to bring to the DMV to renew is a problem for people without birth certificates.  I work in a rural county where most elderly people were born at home and don't have birth certificates. Even though they have worked all their lives and paid taxes, we have a had a large number of citizens come in for school records to try to prove they are alive.


People in rural Georgia will have to start having babies at home again with all the hospital closures...

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@NWGAL The Jewish population  in the US don't even pay attention to those old republican talking points.  Their vote for the president was based on healthcare, inequality of wealth and the economy.  Republicans will never learn and that's a good thing let them keep using the same old losing strategy.  

td1234
td1234

@DS @Carlyle10 Now the question is do you believe him or is he saying what he needs to say to stay in the race? 


If he came out and said he does not agree with his grandfathers views then it would be a lot more believable. 

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 Almost $1 trillion per year being spent on means tested programs in this country. I think we are spending plenty of money on the poor.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Why will they die and why is it the fault of the government? Why is the government responsible to purchase the insurance for people? 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Bernie31 You are so right he does not care but the people of Georgia has a lot to worry about when Ebola patients are being transported in an ambulance from a hospital  (Grady) that his medicaid decision is having a huge impact on.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@honested @EdUktr

The Republican's apparently leading in that one, too.

honested
honested

@td1234 @DS @Carlyle10 

Here is where you have to decide whether to believe the seasoned professionals on fauznewz, or your lying eyes?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Pee before you eat proposed by a republican on dope and you wonder why average working  Americans voters give the GOP their rear end to kiss and turn a deaf ear when you roll out your version of the Bible.  Who does that?  I can find my way to hell by myself that's easy.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty Sorry buddy but I'm not going to play your games anymore. People will die because they didn't get medical care. You're not that stupid. And if you bother to read the Bible, for example Matthew 25, it's abundantly clear that God expects nations to care for their poor and sick and less fortunate people.

Reject His teaching if you want, but spare us the sanctimonious lectures about your Christianity.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@EdUktr When you lie and mislead it takes voters a minute to catch up and catch on.  Mitch McConnell Touts Support For Violence Against Women Act, Which He Repeatedly Opposed.~~~HuffingtonPost August 6, 2014.  The dirt bag can't run on his record so now he's giving a misleading account of his record on the Violence Against Women Act, and its expanded protections for victims of domestic abuse.  

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty It is not the governments role to provide healthcare to people. It is their own responsibility to do so. 


There is no way God wanted the government to take the place of the Church or the individual in their responsibility to take care of the widows and children. 


I believe what you are talking about is this set of verses" 


"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,"


For your interpretation to be true of these versus and the nation accountable for taking care of the poor and not the individual then that would mean that you would have to suffer the consequences for my actions and be placed on the left and be a goat. Is this really your interpretation? 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @CherokeeCounty And you'll note that nothing in those verses says 'not the individual'. Try just reading the verses for what they say. Can you do that? Cause if and when you do you'll understand that nations have responsibilities to the poor and sick. And there's nothing in Scripture that supports your oft repeated statement that government programs are from Satan.

There's no way that you can watch people die when there is a program in place to help them, and call yourself a disciple of Jesus.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@EdUktr Did I not say they have to catch on and catch up.  Where is the lie that he oppossed the violence against womens act?  So Huffington post polls are acurate but their story on this dirt bag isn't?  

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty @td1234  No one is actually dying because they are not receiving free insurance. That is total BS and you know it. 


I actually did some research from biblical scholars ( not atheist professors) since this afternoon and can not find one that interprets those versus to mean nations. I would really like to read some commentary from someone that has written in the way you have interpreted it so please point me in that direction?