Michelle Nunn attacks David Perdue in U.S. Senate debate

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ATLANTA — Michelle Nunn was less than halfway through her opening remarks in Thursday’s Senate debate when she began attacking David Perdue.

It was the first time the two candidates have been on stage together since Nunn won the Democratic nomination in May and Perdue took the Republican nomination in a July runoff.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia News Network organized the debate in Macon and broadcast it to radio stations statewide. Libertarian nominee Amanda Swafford did not participate.

While Perdue’s opening remarks listed the national debt, burdensome regulations and Washington stalemates as problems, Nunn zeroed in on him personally. She listed the same problems but accused him of supporting partisan confrontations that create gridlock.

“That sounds to me like Washington as usual,” she said.

She hammered him for centering his campaign on attacking her rather than focusing on “the hopes, aspirations and dreams of the people of Georgia.”

Nunn stuck to her campaign strategy of portraying herself as a moderate willing to collaborate with members of the other party to solve problems rather than trying to score political points. A series of independent polls show Nunn behind, some as much as double
digits.

Perdue was less aggressive Thursday, aiming most of his barbs at the president and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for refusing to consider proposals from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. It wasn’t until his closing remarks that he lobbed even a single stone at Nunn.

“You know she’ll be nothing more than a proxy for Harry Reid and Barack Obama,” he said.

The campaigns had limited the forum’s topics to transportation, immigration, health care and defense. And the event ended early when the retired Atlanta TV anchorman moderating it ran out of questions.

On transportation and defense, Nunn and Perdue weren’t far apart. The two agreed to do what they could to protect the state’s military bases from closure by working with local leaders.

Health care and immigration illustrated their sharpest differences.

Perdue said the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.

“I absolutely think it’s unfixable. I don’t think you can repair this,” he said, calling instead for a plan written by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

“This government has not proven it can manage this big of a part of our economy,” Perdue said. “Look at what they have done with the Veterans Administration and it might give you some indication of what this is going to look like in a few years.”

Nunn said that would be a step backward for people with chronic conditions who have coverage under the act that they couldn’t get before. But she said it’s not perfect, especially because hospitals are facing steep cuts in Medicare payments.

On immigration, Nunn favors a bipartisan Senate bill also backed by the U.S. Chamber that Perdue used in attacking runoff opponent Jack Kingston.

Perdue said current immigration laws should be better enforced before enacting new ones that “implied amnesty,” which he said has led to the recent surge in unaccompanied children crossing the border.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/14 - 02:59 pm
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Much Ado About Nothing

They are starting the debates too early.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/21/14 - 03:56 pm
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How long before

She will use the female card and call herself a victim of __________.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/21/14 - 04:02 pm
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Why do we keep using NUNN as her last name?

She is still married to Ron Martin and has 2 children by him correct?

I guess things work different in Political Dynasty Families.

cush1944
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cush1944 08/21/14 - 04:14 pm
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It is shame she ain't as

It is shame she ain't as smart as her daddy.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/21/14 - 04:15 pm
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Is she a Georgian any more?

She studied at the University of Oxford, come think of it so did Bill Clinton. She also studied in India in 1989. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1989.

Yep she attended school in Va and overseas and the DC Politicians HS. Yep she sure understand Georgian.

While David Perdue was born in Macon, Georgia, and RAISED in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Both of his parents are educators and first generation college graduates.

He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ga Tech and a Masters degree in Operations Research, also from Georgia Tech.

He is married to Bonnie Perdue, and reportedly attends Wesley United Methodist Church in St. Simons, Georgia.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/21/14 - 07:45 pm
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Saw this last week and got a chuckle

Don't Need Nunn
Don't have Nunn
Don't want Nunn

BTW: Hows does a GA Politician, that will not eat Red Meat, have a BBQ? Maybe it was roasted veggies on a stick☺

BTW: When a campaign goes negative it is a sign they are losing in their own polls.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/21/14 - 04:48 pm
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nunn should've
Unpublished

followed her calling and worn the habit as a nun.

Pops
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Pops 08/21/14 - 05:55 pm
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The cool people and the hipsters

will vote for her.......the smart people that hold jobs will vote the other way.....

deestafford
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deestafford 08/21/14 - 07:37 pm
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I am disappointed that Zell Miller...

I am disappointed that Zell Miller cut that ad for her. I guess it was just a favor to her daddy.

In the ad he talked about what is wrong with Washington and how he is disappointed in what's going on. Of course, he should have added that Democrats will support Harry Reid who is the major problem with Congress' inaction on key items.

I think Perdue is doing right by basically saying any Democrat sent to Washington will only be shills for Harry Reid and Obama. That's the attack that should be against Barrow.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 08/21/14 - 08:26 pm
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Some point of light!

Some point of light!

willie7
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willie7 08/21/14 - 09:08 pm
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The Republicans don't do
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The Republicans don't do anything but fool southerners. As Karl Rowe
once said, when you go down South, "talk about Gays, Guns, welfare, and Abortion, you will gets all their votes."
We need a change in Georgia, we need a Democrat senator to give our great state a better image. 10 years ago, Georgia had become very progressive and was moving into the Union-- Since then-The Republicans took over and we went backwards.
Vote for Michelle!!

historylover
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historylover 08/21/14 - 10:43 pm
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Nocnoc

Surely you know other women who are married yet kept their maiden names? Did she not always go by Nunn? I don't know, but will look it up. If she did, then the comments about the usage of her maiden name are a bit archaic.

historylover
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historylover 08/21/14 - 10:47 pm
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I found it!

She kept her own name after marriage as she was already established professionally under it; she later said, "It really, frankly, didn’t occur to me to change my name."

From Wikipedia

Also as to whether or not she is a Georgian:
The couple live in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta with their two children, Vinson (born 2002)[23] and Elizabeth[15] (born c. 2004).[13] He is a stay-at-home father.[9] The family attends church in Atlanta and the children are being raised in the Methodist faith.[6]

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/14 - 11:20 pm
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Last Name

What are the last names of her children?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/21/14 - 11:21 pm
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Double Post

I guess I should have said "surnames" of her children.

fedex227
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fedex227 08/22/14 - 03:13 am
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Kept her own last name?
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Blasphemer!

Seriously, is that the best you can come up with?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/14 - 06:41 am
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I liked Sam Nunn

But, just can't wrap my mind around his young'un though....she certainly looks like him.
Don't want any of this Nunn..

Swafford for Senate
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Swafford for Senate 08/22/14 - 07:31 am
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Libertarian Candidate Answers Forum Questions Live

I'm Amanda Swafford, the Libertarian candidate for US Senate. I answered the same questions live during the forum via Twitter & Facebook. I encourage readers to visit those sites to check out my answers:

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CouncilMemberSwafford

Twitter: The_Swaff

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/22/14 - 08:19 am
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Invite

I heard on the news this morning that Amanda Swafford was not invited to the debate. Notice in the third paragraph of the story above that reporter Walter Jones said that Ms. Swafford did not "participate."

Well, yeah, if she was not invited she could not very well participate. It think it is shameful, petty and tacky that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and Georgia News Network colluded to deny the Libertarian candidate the ability to contribute her ideas to the forum.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/22/14 - 08:35 am
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The problem I have with

The problem I have with Libertarians running is many people will vote for them knowing darn well they haven't a fart in the wind's chance of winning, thus denying votes to - usually - a republican candidate. Then these very people complain that a dem wins and screws up our country.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/22/14 - 08:38 am
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The Dems are organized and

The Dems are organized and you could tell Nunn has been mentored by the Dem Obama machine. Note the personal attacks rather than focus on policy, which Dems have little policy to gloat about hence the personal attacks. We've had two Rep governors recently compared to over 150 years of a consistent string of Dem governors. Lot more meat to attack in past Dem governors than the last two Rep governors so perhaps Perdue will take advantage of that-and that any Dem politician no matter how conservative or moderate they appeal will follow the progressive Dem platform-just maybe voice a concern so he can tell the folks back home he tried.

historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 10:17 am
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Little Lamb

I'm not sure what the last name of the couple's children might be. Presumably Martin, the same as their father.

People, as far as personal attacks go, this is a ploy used HEAVILY by both sides. It's disgusting and keeps those of us who don't delve further from knowing what the candidates really stand for.

As for the Libertarian Party or the Green Party or any other fringe party, they should be given the same platform as the Dems and Rep. Perhaps that would be the answer to real change in our country, just hearing some new ideas instead of the same old drum beating that we have been hearing for most of my voting life.

Swafford for Senate
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Swafford for Senate 08/22/14 - 10:44 am
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Voting

If we don't get serious about changing the way we vote, we'll never change government. Just more of the same; (D) or (R). That's why 40% of voters won't even vote in this election.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/22/14 - 11:26 am
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Swafford for Senate - I am tired of the same old

RINO'S and DIM-Wits controlling the country.

What do you offer in a sense that help move the Fed away from having their NOSE in EVERYTHING, Domestic spying and social engineering?

What would you do to restore personal privacy.

How do you stand on Gun Rights?
How do you stand on the US Constitution bill of rights?
How do you stand, will you start leaning Left or stay center?
Where do you stand on Obamacare?

Will you commit to 10-15 promises on how you will vote or not vote under penalty of Perjury?

Where is your Campaign support coming from?
I am not speaking of the campaign donations, but the power base handlers?

Because having worked elections in thr 70-80's, my group sometimes tossed in what we called Siphon candidates.

Dark horses with a bunch of anonymous $100 supporters.
Just to run ads late in the campaign. Ad's just to siphon off a enough of an opponents vulnerable special interest voter group(s) to allow a narrow win.

historylover
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historylover 08/22/14 - 11:23 am
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Good questions Nocnoc

I would love to hear her response.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/22/14 - 12:44 pm
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Perdue Will Have To Get....

....faster on his feet.

Nunn's main thrust on health care was that we should not repeal Obamacare, but rather work together to improve it.

That was the PERFECT opportunity to address the democrat concept of "working together." We saw their idea of "working together" when they didn't invite Republicans to meetings regarding Obamacare, refused to listen to any input from Republicans as Obamacare was being written by lobbyists, and refused to allow any Republican amendments to Obamacare legislation. Democrats view "working together" as "my way, or the highway" and Michellle Nunn gave perdue a slow, underhand softball he should have been able to knock out of the park.

He just watched it sail by....

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/14 - 02:21 pm
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hoptoad, don't people have

hoptoad, don't people have the right to vote for whatever candidate they want?

If the Republicans offer the right platform, they will win, regardless of whoever else runs.

But that right there is the problem.

Swafford for Senate
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Swafford for Senate 08/24/14 - 09:49 pm
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Questions Answered

I'll try to answer as many of the questions posed by nocnoc as I can without writing a novel. For the questions I DON'T answer, it's because those are currently available on our website at www.AmandaSwafford.net or on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CouncilMemberSwafford

(1) Domestic spying and social engineering - When most of us start a new job we have to sign a form acknowledging we've read the employee handbook; it may be time we have everyone in Congress sign a form acknowledging they've read the Bill of Rights. The primary purpose of our federal government is to preserve our rights, not take them away.

(2) Restore personal privacy - The most important thing we can do for privacy is END THE REIGN OF THE IRS ONCE & FOR ALL. I would sign on as a sponsor of the Fair Tax on Day 1 when elected. Our income tax is massive social engineering & an invasion of privacy. As a former tax professional, I know tax policy and I've seen this first hand.

(3) Gun Rights - I only recently joined Georgia Carry earlier this year after HB 60 was signed but I've already tried my skills on the range with a Springfield XD 9mm and most recently with a Rhino Revolver using 38 special ammunition. I loved it! But prior to being on the range, every gun regulation or law I studied seems to be in place strictly to raise revenue & create burdens for those who follow the law; not make anyone substantially safer. James Madison fought to include the 2nd Amendment in our Bill of Rights for a reason and the federal government should not interfere.

(4) Committing to votes & perjury: I don't know how you enforce something like a "vote for perjury" statement other than through the ballot box. Over 60% of voters won't vote in this race for Senate in November. Not voting is the problem; not lying politicians. If we ever want to change government, we must really start to change the way we vote. Since Georgia is a run-off state, there's no better opportunity than this November to express our desire to change government by voting third party for Senate.

(5) Campaign support: Our disclosures have been filed with the Federal Elections Commission and are available online by searching for the campaign and looking under the Filings tab from the results that are returned. We have run a very lean campaign. We need all the support we can get and the time is now. Our yard signs are out next week which are our greatest campaign expense to date. Visit our website or Facebook and donate today if you like and support my ideas. www.AmandaSwafford.net/Donate.html

It's time we get serious about electing a candidate to the US Senate who understands the power & responsibility of the individual, not the government. www.Facebook.com/CouncilMemberSwafford

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/23/14 - 10:38 pm
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@Swafford for Senate

You know you have no chance at all of winning and will only draw votes away from the Republican candidate and thus cause the disastrous election of Ms. Nunn, a liberal Democrat. Your own website says you are only campaigning nights and weekends! This is not serious and is just an ego trip. You posted Friday and Saturday on here and maybe reached 20 people and are not out campaigning!
How could you? Please stop this vanity campaign which can only hurt America. Run for local office again if you like, where (a) you stand a chance of winning and (b) the stakes are not so high, but this Senate seat is too important to America.
Your post above in item #2 says "END THE REIN OF THE IRS"?? Surely you mean "reign". How can you ask people to vote for you if you make elementary mistakes like that?
You're polling at 7-8% which could be the critical margin of victory in this campaign. Please withdraw and do the responsible thing by endorsing Mr. Perdue.

Darby
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Darby 09/09/14 - 11:42 am
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"While Perdue’s opening remarks listed the national debt,

burdensome regulations and Washington stalemates as problems, Nunn zeroed in on him personally."

.
And there you have the plot outline for every election. Conservatives talk about issues, Democrats engage in ad hominem attacks on their opponents.

False charges, insults and attacks... Little else in their arsenal.

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