Posted: 2:18 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014

David Perdue goes after Barack Obama, but Michelle Nunn targets Perdue 

By Jim Galloway

More coming later, but here’s a first word on the U.S. Senate confrontation between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, from our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

MACON — Michelle Nunn and David Perdue shared the stage together Thursday for the first time in their general election battle for the U.S. Senate, and both were itching for a fight.

But while Nunn, the Democratic hopeful, targeted Perdue, the Republican candidate focused his fire on President Barack Obama.

The forum, at the Marriott City Center here, was sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the questions from the audience reflected Chamber members’ interests.

Moderated by former WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt, topics covered healthcare, immigration, transportation and the military.

On nearly every topic, Nunn turned her answer toward Perdue, slamming him for “embracing” gridlock and conflict in Washington rather than working for solutions. Perdue, meanwhile, might not have even uttered Nunn’s name, and instead was focused sharply on Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“I’ve been very clear about my priorities this entire campaign,” Perdue said, adding that Obamacare must be repealed. “We have to get serious about this outrageous spending.”

Nunn, however, even in her opening statement, questioned Perdue’s strategy.

She said Georgia should elect her to “send someone to Washington to focus on partnership and getting things done. That’s not what I’ve heard from David.”

48 comments
Ichabod6933
Ichabod6933

NUNN? I thought her name was Roberts? Typical left wing ploy, I am sure her husband is proud of her to not even take his name. So, the only thing she has going for her is her father's name!! Loser

BigHat
BigHat

...and what about Michelle Nunn's black baby?  Where is Fox News? 

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Nunn is running scared. she wont get 40% of the vote

DohBee
DohBee

A "Perdue" (n) is an agricultural measurement that denotes  the yield of a crop for every standard measurement of farm yard waste ammended to 1 cubic foot of top soil.....Nightsoil also may be used.

longmemories
longmemories

Harry Reid is the biggest problem in the US Senate.  Michelle walks a tightrope trying to sound independent but I don't see her doing anything but supporting Harry Reid on major issues.  I vote a split ticket but can't vote for her. I think Jason has a better chance in his race.

NWGAL
NWGAL

All the Republicans have holding them together is an anti Obama message. Throw in liberal=bad and taxes=bad and that's the entire line they're offering. They may mention immigration but the Chamber supports immigration reform so regardless of what the Republicans say on the campaign trail, they will toe the line with the Chamber.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

I'm not sure about Perdue's strategy to run against Obama and not Nunn. Obama is not running for the US Senate from Georgia. Obama is not running for political office ever again. He will have 2 lame duck years left when Nunn is sworn into office for a 6 year term. So for 2/3rds of her term, Obama will not even be President, and for the 1/3 that he is, he's a non-factor.

On the other hand, Michelle Nunn is running on issues, her vision for Georgia, and her solutions. Perdue went to DC the day after the run-off and promised the GOP that he would be a "team player" which means more gridlock and worshiping the Tea Party. Michelle talks about finding common ground, about working together to move this country forward and solve our problems. Perdue is a man without solutions, without a vision. All he has is an anti-Obama message. I'd like my United States Senator to be more than an empty suit with an empty head.

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

Nunn Bests Purdue in 1st Debate Well...I for one was surprised. David Purdue had struck me as tough guy, good ole boy businessman who would woo the mostly male Chamber of Commerce audience and on the surface I had Michelle Nunn pegged as the shy type. WRONG.

It turns out that Ms. Nunn has a lot of the likes of Senator Dianne Feinstein in her makeup. She's as tough as any man, well spoken and informed and not afraid to take the fight to any man. David Purdue on the other hand (unfortunately for his campaign) has a bit of the bumbling Rick Perry in him.

Purdue spoke first and sounded affable as he focused primarily on making friends with the Chamber audience. He offered no great shakes in the way of ideas or plans and never mentioned his opponent. Nunn started off by saying she 'recognized many in the audience' and then she proceeded to rip into a whole slew of Mr. Purdue's ideas and previous comments and made it clear that she was a fighter with real political skills. You could feel the sweat on the back of David Purdue's neck trickling.

On the next go round Purdue showed the first glimpse of his Rick Perry-ness. He reminisced about 'Riding my bike home from football practice during the Cuban Missile Crisis' and then Perry-ed "We all remember the...nuclear...uh, training thing...you know...we, uh, all got under our desks....?' It was Perry-painful for sure.

Leaning Right, Nunn went back at him with...'You know David your campaign photo of me with president Obama is a bit misleading, that was taken at the George HW Bush presidential library and president Bush was in the photo, but you cropped that out.'

They both unwisely self-vetoed a lift in the gas tax (which is inevitable) and Nunn said the Affordable Care act needed fixing as Purdue said it needed killing. The Chamber audience likely is with Nunn on that one as well as her stated desire to fix the immigration system in more ways than just a wall as Purdue suggested.

All in all a win for Nunn and a better race in the offing than we might have expected.
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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

She (Nunn) said Georgia should elect her to “send someone to Washington to focus on partnership and getting things done. That’s not what I’ve heard from David.”

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Michelle Nunn has nailed what David Perdue is all about. He is playing the political game, imo, to look after number 1, just as he played the corporate game to look after himself.


Vote for Michelle Nunn, a true public servant, who will look after the interests of the citizens of Georgia, as a committed public servant should do.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

The gridlock in Washington has been the fault of Harry Reed. Anyone that doesn't realize that is smoking a doobie and drinking the Kool-Aid. 

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

It shows that he is not considering Nunn as the opponent and I bet that really upsets her.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Amen, Michelle, amen!  This man apparently does not know why he would be sent to Washington.  It would be to REPRESENT others (not himself and his interests) and do the work for and of the country.  This shows his narcisstic personality.  Me, me, me!  Of course, he is not the only person up for election that has that allegiance to himself and his wealth-building, rather than service!


It is still called public service, isn't it?  Not slurping from the trough?

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Keep up the 'repeal Obamacare' Perdue...by the first Tuesday in November the success of the program in those states around the country that embraced it, compared to those, like Georgia, that openly obstructed it (even the damned Insurance Commissioner has been 'crawfish'n' on 'what he meant by what he said') will be so obvious, and the demand for Georgia to wake the eff up and do the right thing about expanding Medicaid and doing everything possible to make this work for all Georgians. The other piece of Perdue's 'strategy' that'll blow up in his face is the relentless carping about the 'deficit'...deficit spending has been going down every year of Obama's administration budgets and Michelle's message will be that with a little cooperation in Washington the gap will close completely and, once again, Democrats will have produced a 'balanced budget'. Sure he just attacks Obama cause he thinks that's all it will take to get Georgia's vote...only it won't work beyond the third that is the Republican base.

By the way, the third leg of the Perdue stool strategy, is that the white (male) majority...the one that is afraid that when they become a 'minority' the new majority will treat them the same way they've treated minorities for the past 200 plus years...and who would blame them if they did?...only they won't...cause the women won't let 'em. Women like Michelle Nunn.

Arms_Akimbo
Arms_Akimbo

Perdue's strategy is sound. While Michelle Nunn is probably a nice person, she will be eaten alive by members of her on party if she is successful. She is extremely naïve to think that the Pelosi/Reid/Obama crowd would allow her to forge bipartisan agreements on anything. If elected, she would be told what to say and where to vote. That's why she is attractive to the Dems because she is a recognizable name with a clean slate who would vote exclusively along party lines because she has no experience. If she wants to attract cross over independent votes, she will have to diverge from the Dem party and lay out a coherent platform of new ideas on how to address economic growth, foreign affairs, tax reform, immigration, and healthcare reform.


If she takes the standard Dem approach of focusing on stereotyping Perdue with the evil rich while she ignores the real issues facing the country, she will get slaughtered. People are tired of having U.S policy dictated by partisan political consultants who have no experience governing and are more concerned about how a story will appear on t.v.  than creating policy that actually solves problems. Nunn's biggest challenge is running on Obama's track record created by a staff of incompetent sycophantic fools whose only qualifications for office were campaign contributions and loyalty to Obama rather than the country.


Obama's track record speaks for itself. Nunn is going to have to do a lot more than promise to reach across the aisle because she has no clout, credibility or influence. Where are the ideas? So far it is only standard Dem spin.    

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

This is another David Perdue's Willard Mitt Romney moment. It is my favorite time of the day.  It's the time of day when I get to show how the GOP has taken obfuscating to the next level.  Let's say they have super sized it.

I was for it......

"During an appearance at the Fayette County GOP in Georgia early in January, David Perdue, argued that some bailouts can be good, like the Wall Street bailout"  David Perdue January 2014.

Now I am against it....

“I’ve been very clear about my priorities this entire campaign,” Perdue said, “We have to get serious about this outrageous spending.”  David Perdue August 21, 2014

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Will someone please inform Perdue that Obama has a higher approval rating in Georgia than Mitch McConnell or John Boehner!

honested
honested

Does sonny's cousin not realize that President Obama won the last election he will run in two years ago?

How is an opinion on an Elected President of the United States a determinant of qualification to be the Senator from Georgia?

Astropig
Astropig

@EdUktr 

She's been stuck in the upper 30's-low 40's since Perdue was named the winner on July 23.The next big event will be when the DNC or any of the other alphabet groups pull out of Georgia and start spending their money elsewhere.That will truly be the coup de grace.When the party insiders see the thing as hopeless, they will direct resources to races that are still winnable, in their opinion.If Perdue hits 51-52%,they'll write off Georgia and spend the money on endangered incumbents as it becomes every man for himself. Usually, these decisions are made in mid-late September in order to place ad buys on broadcast schedules. Her window is closing, so look for a shower of mud between now and then. She could always invite Obama to campaign with her. That would get her on TV for free.

DS
DS

@longmemories

That isn't how it works in the Senate.

There are several moderate Democratic senators. You might think Harry Reid is constantly twisting their arms to get them to go along with his priorities, right?

Nope. Harry Reid's top priority is to keep a Democratic majority. He isn't going to put moderate Democrats in the hot seat, only to have them lose reelection.

Harry Reid treats moderates very well, and they appreciate him for that. They get to vote the way their constituents want.

This myth about Harry Reid twisting arms is an election year political strategy made up by Republicans. They're using it in races all across the country.

But you can simply follow Senate news to see that it isn't true.

GB101
GB101

@NWGAL Why do you think the Rs will toe the line with the Chamber on immigration?  They haven't so far.  Regular people are so outraged at the federal government's failures to enforce immigration law that many Republicans say no to the Chamber.  

GB101
GB101

@PoliticalOutsider Nunn will not be in position to find common ground.  If she wins and if the Democrats retain the majority, she will vote to make Harry Reid majority leader and nothing else she does will be of much consequence.



MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@PoliticalOutsider


The reason that David Perdue is a man "without solutions, without a vision" is because he will take any steps necessary in the Republican Party to secure his own best interests, imo.

CJKatl
CJKatl

@ChipShirley A liberal website declared Nunn won! Wow. It must have been a slam dunk. Show us something from a publication that had not already decided the winner prior to the debate and, perhaps, you'd have something to talk about. Right now, you look as foolish as someone who brags that the Pepsi commercial claims Pepsi tastes better than Coke, or the parent who claims their six year old danced circles around the other kids at the recital. Hysterical. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@ChipShirley Thanks.  Isn't Perdue making a mistake by attacking Obama? Sure, that's going to appeal to the third of voters who despise the man, but they're going to vote for him anyway just cause he has an R by his name. Shouldn't he be reaching out to independent voters?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@ChipShirley 

Chip, I hope this will be helpful to you because I am only writing it to be of help to you in your future writings on your blog. Spell Perdue's name with an "e," not a "u" in the first syllable of his name.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@ChipShirley


Thank you for verifying Michelle Nunn's mental, emotional, and physical strength, of which I have been writing, regarding her fortitude and stamina, for some time.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@LHardingDawg hmmmm, the Senate and the POTUS telegraph no way x, y or z TEA proposal will fly, but the House TEA continues to pass bills that have absolutely no chance of passing . . . yet it's Harry Ried's fault. Gotcha. About that Kool-aid, you need to ask Rush for your money back. That, or swallow some of the pills he favors.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@LHardingDawg It shows him to be disrespectful of his challenger. He's running against Nunn, not Obama. She, frankly, could probably care less and is use to this type of behavior.

DS
DS

@Arms_Akimbo

This bit about Democratic candidates being told how to vote by Reid or Obama is a story cooked up by Republican strategists. It's being used by Republicans in senate races all across the country. 

Only trouble is, it isn't true. Anyone can check what's been going on in Washington and see right away that this story is complete BS.

Show me examples where Harry Reid has twisted the arms of Democratic senators to get them to vote a certain way. You won't find very many. He doesn't want to lose the Senate.

Actually, Harry Reid has been protecting Democratic senators by avoiding controversial votes. He doesn't want them to get in trouble with their constituents.

Moderate Democratic senators, like Landrieu, Hagan, Pryor, Begich, Warner and Manchin tell Reid what they can and cannot do. Reid listens to them when deciding whether to push legislation or schedule votes. He'd rather hold onto the Senate than lose it over some bill.

Michelle Nunn would be the same way. Her first priority would be to represent Georgia the way her constituents would like. She'd be telling Harry Reid what she could and could not do. 

She wouldn't be doing crazy stuff, like shutting down the government or defaulting on government bonds, but she wouldn't be taking marching orders from Reid, Durbin, or Obama either.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Arms_Akimbo 'obama's track record'?

You mean several years of job growth, which would have been greater but for Republican obstruction, 10 million newly insured Americans, troops out of Iraq, stock market at record highs, Syrian chemical weapons destroyed, and the protection that we all finally have against predatory practices of the huge health insurance companies?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Arms_Akimbo


Dude, Nunn will lose no matter what she does. This is a Republican state and the only strategy Perdue had to worry about was getting that (R) next to his name on the general election ballot.  Now that is accomplished and he is given free reign to just call this whole campaign in from his penthouse suite without any fear of repercussion.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Arms_Akimbo I guess you missed this one yesterday so let me refresh your memory. 

"We will put forth an agenda that will force this president to either veto or get in line and let’s move forward. Because the status quo is unacceptable.” David Perdue

McConnell’s office notes that the Kentucky Republican didn’t mention a federal government shut-down in the interview, but the specter remains. If McConnell uses spending bills as the lever for his confrontation, and if Obama vetoes those, then the government would likely have to shutter.

So much for your "can we all just get along" attitude.  Your lecture should be to Perdue and McConnell not us voters.  We are sending people to Washington to do a job they are just refusing to do a damn thing that's the real issue facing this country.  How do we get the republicans off their lazy butts to do anything.  You know work for we the people.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@honested


You got to admit that the GOP hasn't really had an agenda other than bad mouthing the President for the past 6 years.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@EdUktr For a light weight, there was sure a lot of support for Michelle in Macon today. All that were there for David were 3 cars of paid employees putting out signs; using the Secretary of State Parking lot for staging.  'Course, he had the Cof C inside,  from which he says he won't take contributions. So, just David and paid staff. That's 7 votes. Put that in your HuffPo and smoke it.

DohBee
DohBee

@EdUktr "Ya can't trust no gul'dern Poles....the Gubment oughta keep 'dem outta mah Country!!" ~ Red Neckerson


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Astropig “All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” ~~~Nikola Telsa

MaryPolleys
MaryPolleys

@consumedconsumer @LHardingDawg


Harry Reid implemented his historic "nuclear option" in November 2013. "Partnerships" since then have been impossible. Ms. Nunn's first vote will be for Harry Reid. After that, nothing else that she might try to do will matter.

GB101
GB101

@StraightNoChaser You seem upset that Republicans in the Senate say they will attempt to do what people will have elected them to do.  And the manner in which they plan to do it is normal political behavior, ethical and constitutional.  Unlike what the president does when Congress doesn't do what he wants.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@GB101 @CherokeeCounty Winning the independent vote no longer appears to be as important as it once seemed.  Romney won among Independents by 5 points, 50-45, but lost the presidency to Obama, 51-48. Let's break it down even further at the state level since we are talking about a state race.  "Whoever wins independent voters in Ohio, wins Ohio," Beeson said on "Fox News Sunday," two days before the election.  Romney won self-identified Independents in Ohio by 10 points but still lost Ohio.  Just because independents do not like Obama does not mean that republicans will win the Senate as I have clearly outlined.  So what is your point?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@GB101 @CherokeeCounty But independent voters are not demagogues and understand that Obama is not running for senator in our state.  Plus, they are also not fans of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@MaryPolleys @consumedconsumer @LHardingDawg Partnership?  Like filibustering everything?  Speaking of historic, Republicans have filibustered in record numbers.  I don't call that being a partner.  I call that fear-mongering and demagoguery.