David Perdue, if there’s a President Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m going to find a way to work with her’

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and campaign manager Trey Kilpatrick watch returns from his war room upstairs from the Republican Watch party at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

As we waited to see if U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson would escape a runoff, his Washington colleague David Perdue made the rounds at the Buckhead Hyatt Regency, where Repubicans around the state have gathered this evening.

Senator Perdue has been a major supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a scrum with reporters, Perdue conceded that the night may not turn out well for his candidate. Said Perdue:

“He may not win tonight. But I think what this is telling all of us in America is that there’s a growing dissatisfaction with Washington. On both sides in Washington.”

And his prospects for the Senate? A winnowing was coming, he said:

“It’s going to be very close. We may lose Nevada. I’m hopeful we’ll keep a majority. We certainly won’t keep 54 seats.”

But I asked Perdue to continue with the supposition that Trump could lose tonight. Would he be willing to do a little bridge-building with a President-elect Hillary Clinton? What he said:

“I’m going to find a way to work with her. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to fight her on some of her policies, like taxes and more regulation, but we’ve got to find a way to find compromise in this somewhere. This gridlock is proof that it’s not working. Honestly, that’s what I think people in America are reacting to.”

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