GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- All seven Republican candidates said Saturday night they would reject an increase in the minimum wage and that Congress should act to stop the use of the multistate Common Core education standards.
Paul Broun would go even further and disband the U.S. Department of Education.
The question came up during the third of the debate series organized by the Georgia Republican Party around the state. This was held at Brenau University.
The Common Core is a set of education objectives originally devised by the Republican Governors Association when Sonny Perdue was governor. But Saturday night, his cousin David Perdue who was on stage joined in condemning it by invoking his father who was a local superintendent.
“If my dad were alive, he would say kill it tonight,” David Perdue said.
Perdue received some criticism following a Feb. 16 interview in the Marietta Daily Journal where he said he liked the concept of Common Core but not the way it’s been implemented with what he called federal intrusion.
The only real surprise of the night came when the audience noticed only seven lecterns, meaning one of the declared candidates would be excluded. The mystery was solved with an announcement that Augusta businessman Eugene Yu had dropped out of the Senate primary to run instead for the 12th district and the chance to challenge Democrat John Barrow. Yu will have to get past John Stone and Rick Allen, who have both run in the district before and have been campaigning nearly a year each. Also, state Rep. Delvis Dutton of Glennville who joined the race Feb. 5.