All eyes on Georgia

Outcome of GOP Senate runoff makes state crucial in political play

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Georgia voters Tuesday sent Washington a clear message they want a clean sweep of Congress.


To follow through, they’ll need to empty the dustpan in November.

That’s when political newcomer David Perdue – who rode a wave of anti-incumbent furor to narrowly defeat veteran U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in the GOP Senate primary – faces off against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Voters said they wanted new blood representing Georgia in the Senate and they meant it. Consider: Three sitting congressmen fought for this seat – and lost.

Nunn, like Perdue, also is a relative newcomer. But her political pedigree – she’s daughter of Georgia’s longtime U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn – makes her a formidable opponent, even in red-state Georgia.

The decision is a no-brainer – Perdue must win the seat. This race now becomes one of the country’s most important. There’s too much at stake for Georgia, and our nation, to lose.

This country is at a tipping point, and the next two years will determine whether it goes down the road of freedom and prosperity or tyranny and hardships. Our current president, the most radical left-wing ideologue ever to hold the office, is stifling the economy with regulations, taxes and a health-care takeover, while rewriting laws and redefining America’s borders and leadership in the world.

He simply must be stopped.

And that starts with conservatives reclaiming the U.S. Senate. Taking both houses of Congress is essential if the Republican Party is to have any hope of moderating the Obama administration’s destructive agenda of governmental overreach, foreign-policy weakness and assault on individual liberties.

Control of the Senate is crucial to blocking this president’s judicial appointments – jurist-activists who share his radical-left leanings and perverted constitutional interpretations.

Any acrimony that existed between the Perdue and Kingston camps during the bloodiest primary and runoff in recent Georgia history needs to be put aside. Though Perdue lacks the experience and relationships Kingston created during his 11 terms in Washington, we would hope Perdue – a former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General – will bring boardroom sensibilities to a town in desperate need of fiscal restraint.

The conservative voices who spoke on behalf of Kingston, including this editorial page, must now pledge the same support for Perdue to ensure a victory.

To do differently is to endorse Nunn, who surely will draw millions in campaign funds from the national Democratic Party in her attempt to win the seat and defend her party’s Senate majority.

The nation’s eyes will be on the Peach State during the midterm elections. Let it be Georgia that helps turn this ship around with a solid Perdue victory in November.

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carcraft
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carcraft 07/24/14 - 03:15 am
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Harry Reid appears to suffer

Harry Reid appears to suffer from mental illness or Alzheimer's disease. I am being serious. He gets on the Senate floor and spends 15 minuets attacking private citizens in one instance. In another Reid tells the American people our Southern Boarder is secure. Reid refuses to allow votes on bills from the House and runs the Senate like a dictator ship with a slim majority. We need a working Congress. Nunn will only strengthen Reid's power to impinge and obstruct!

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ymnbde 07/24/14 - 05:59 am
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O is so bad, we've forgotten about the deficit

and Michelle Nunn is no different
she made over $300,000.00 per year running a NON-PROFIT CHARITY... that laid off 90 workers making far less
she isn't O-lite, she is an O-clone

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/24/14 - 06:33 am
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" Nunn, who surely will draw

" Nunn, who surely will draw millions in campaign funds from the national Democratic Party"?
Perdue, of course, won't see a dime from the GOP or their dark money donors and, as always, the Chronicle (who worries about "millions" from the Democratic Party) failed to mention that Perdue plopped a mere $3,155,127 of his own money into his primary run and managed to raise a total of $5,814,577. Perdue can pretty much match whatever Nunn raises out of his own pocket. I wonder, and I'm sure others do as well, why (and don't give us the "patriotism" platitude) someone would drop over $3 million bucks of his own money for this job? What's in it for him? Or is it for his business cronies?
http://www.pocketfullofliberty.com/perdue-georgia-ports-authority/

KSL
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KSL 07/24/14 - 06:47 am
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Bod, if what you say is true,

Bod, if what you say is true, that would make him not a nickel's worth of different from Obama, whom you seem to support and defend with fervor daily.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/24/14 - 07:39 am
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Now, a Obama supporter is complaining about someone.....

spending their OWN money?? Really? Would you rather him spend enormous amouts of other people's money? I respect the fact that he spent some of his own wealth, on his desire to run!! This means he is more personally invested, than MOST of the political candidates!! Does that mean he has bad intentions?? Of course not!!

I've stated before, I don't trust ANY politician and that's true. But I just can't see a down side to him spending his own money; besides speculating on what that means!! I'm sure Bod thinks he sees this as an investment, which he will get a big return on, if he wins. But regardless, he has spent millions of his own money at a great risk!! Maybe he believes it's worth this money, to actually get this Country back on track!! Only time will tell!!

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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 07:41 am
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Nunn

Nunn is trying to come across as a moderate, even espousing a few conservative values. Knowing how too many Americans fell for O's deception, let us hope the folks of Georgia are too smart to fall for hers.

Perdue should not be condemned for his kinship to Sonny any more than Ms Nunn should be praised or blindly accepted because she is Sam Nunn's kin.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/24/14 - 07:55 am
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In 2013, Obama's net worth

In 2013, Obama's net worth was around 5 million less than Perdue's plus, Obama can't run again. I don't support everything Obama does, I do point out the Chronicle's hypocrisy when dealing with this President compared with others and their joining in with every conspiracy theory known to man about him. It's biased and a sorry excuse for "journalism". Unlike other papers, they have no balance on their editorial page and even have a double standard on how they treat those who comment on these pages.

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dsterling9 07/24/14 - 08:03 am
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STOP

Since I like neither of these overpaid clowns my decision will be made by eliminating the one I receive the first phone 'advertisement' from.

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deestafford 07/24/14 - 08:54 am
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Just as a blind hog will find an acorn if he roots long...

Just as a blind hog will find an acorn if he roots long enough, the ACES will make mistakes on endorsements every once in a while.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 09:03 am
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dsterling

So you have no particular values and will vote by closing your eyes and throwing a dart?

Caller ID usually shows an out-of-state number or "Unavailable". If you don't know anyone with an area code you are not familiar with, just ignore the call!

I see comments in the R&R from people who say they are not going to vote for a candidate for the absolutely stupid and silly reason of robocalls. Maybe they better be ready to suffer the consequences of whomever they allow to win because of their little snits.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/24/14 - 09:12 am
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I would like to see Republican candidates...

I would like to see Republican candidates for both the Senate and the House when they are running to not emphasize the negatives of their candidates so much because in some cases, not many, their Democratic opponent may actually be a nice person and not justify any personal attacks.

What I would like for them to do is emphasize that no matter how nice their opponent maybe personally a vote for them is a vote for the Democratic agenda which consists of ......and then list the terrible things the Democratic agenda includes and its impact on the country.

If the Republican is attacked personally, as Bod does on his many posts, just turn to them and say:

"I'm not going to attack you personally because that is not what's important. What's important is the agenda the people in DC in your party believe and support. A vote for you, no matter what a fine person you are, is a vote for this anti-American, socialist, left wing, high tax, freedom reducing agenda of the Democratic machine."

Tell us what you are for and why what you want will make a difference and tell it at the micro level. Not what it will do for a company or some organization, but what impact it has on Austin and Gladys and their children as they go about their daily lives. Don't get into economic theory and budget deficit spending.

Not being able to communicate at the kitchen table has been a shortcoming of too many Republican candidates. All of us here---well, there are a few exceptions--understand economic theory, budget deficits and other macro things of the economy but most voters are not that astute in those subjects.

There is a story about Napoleon who had a corporal outside his tent whom Napoleon would have read all his orders he was going to send to his generals. He knew if this corporal could understand his points his generals would be able to also. Maybe, each Republican candidate should have his own "Napoleon's corporal" to run speeches and position papers by rather than political advisers or consultants. More "common people" vote than highly educated, political up-to-date people.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 09:11 am
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Bod

What universe do you live in? The AC is 100 times more fair in its coverage and content than NY or LA Times, the Chicago Trib, Washington DC and hundreds more. The majority of liberal newspapers never allow a reasonable conservative view to be printed in their "rags."

Maybe you haven't realized this, but Georgia is a "Red State" so you will see more conservative comments than liberal.

Did you raise sand when the liberal newspapers printed so much tripe and untruths when we had a Republican president?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 09:44 am
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Everybody thinks that a paper

Everybody thinks that a paper is "fair" when it prints things that they agree with.

And hoptoad, I don't know about Bod, but yes, I certainly did, when Bush was reviled and attacked on here.

Because here's what I know. As long as people buy into those attacks, nothing will ever change. A nation doesn't solve its problems by attacking a politician, or a political party, whoever they may be, it resolves them by compromise and hard work.

It's like a marriage- when somebody calls their spouse names, nothing ever gets solved. When a couple calms down, talks about things calmly and resolves issues, that's when positive things happen.

Take a look at this blog, and the things that are said. Bod has the right to support any politician or party that he chooses, and he is routinely mocked and scorned. Why? Isn't he allowed to believe whatever he wants, isn't this America?

But the same people that do that will tell you that they are patriotic Americans and love their country and respect the Constitution.

It's like watching high schoolers fight with each other over whose school is best. It's funny, but it's sad, that adults would conduct themselves like that. And it happens day in, day out.

And, come election time, all of the bloggers on here- including me- will have one vote. That's it.

What do people get out these attacks? What's their reward?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 09:46 am
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The real truth is that all

The real truth is that all the problems that the AC, and the other papers write about, are very complex issues that can't be accurately reported in just one editorial column. There is no "fairness", because both sides don't get to present their views.

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jimmymac 07/24/14 - 09:55 am
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As our current POTUS said after being elected. "elections have consequences". Americans fell for Obama's talking points and he's leading us to disaster. Harry Reid has been carrying Obama's water ever since he's been the leader in the senate. That's reason enough to vote against Nunn.

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shamrock 07/24/14 - 10:35 am
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It's All The Same

The names and the party affiliations differ but the ethics remain the same ... not to be found!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/24/14 - 10:49 am
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Attacks?

Bod isn't attacked because of who he supports, he is attacked because he states things are not true and people take issue with it. What's wrong with that?

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dichotomy 07/24/14 - 11:09 am
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All I need to know is that

All I need to know is that Nunn is a fervent Democrat who will support Obama's policies and Harry Reid's obstruction. If you look bleeding heart, big spending, big government, Obamacare supporting liberal up in the encyclopedia her picture will appear at the top of the reference. She was drafted by the big money Democrats SOLELY because of her last name.

This is not a question of who has the most recognizable last name, or who is the most likeable, or who is has had a business failure. This is a fight for the future of this country, not just the state of GA. This is a question of whether we continue to go down the same bad economic policy, bad foreign policy, bad border security road that we have been going for 6 years.

This is not about GA. This is about OBAMA. This is about OBAMACARE. This is about corporations and manufacturing leaving America in droves. This is about the cost of electricity. This is about the Middle East and North Africa on fire. This is about HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of illegal aliens invading our borders every few months. A vote for Nunn is a vote for status quo in all of those things. 12.2% REAL unemployment. Only a 62.5% Labor Participation Rate. 47 MILLION people on food stamps. Health insurance rates up between 30% and 300% and going up again this fall. Less choice in health care providers. As many "uninsured" as we had before we started. Portions of Obamacare being found unconstitutional and possibly the subsidies for many going away. In other words a total, 100% DISASTER in EVERY FACET of government...everything the Democrats have touched.....and Michelle Nunn will continue to support each and every FAILED policy.

That is what the GA Senate race is about....TOTAL FAILURE OF DEMOCRAT POLICIES.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/24/14 - 01:08 pm
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It's just refreshing to read

It's just refreshing to read where Bodhisattva is actually corresponding with us, with their OWN WORDS; not copying and pasting articles from liberal websites and running!!

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t3bledsoe 07/24/14 - 02:06 pm
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Nunn

I am not a Georgian and I am a Democrat. I personally believe that this will be a win-win situation for Georgia, AS A WHOLE! If Nunn is anything like her father, her second title should be the Democrat / Republican Senator! I seem to remember that Sam Nunn was quite often voting with the Republicans. I can understand that Georgia will most likely vote in Perdue, BUT I would be comfortable with either one of them!

hoptoad
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hoptoad 07/24/14 - 02:59 pm
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Thank you, just the facts, I

Thank you, just the facts, I certainly did not criticize Bod for his political affiliation, just his statement regarding fairness.

Guess CM didn't read my post right.

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Darby 07/25/14 - 01:31 am
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"Unlike other papers, they have no balance on

their editorial page and even have a double standard on how they treat those who comment on these pages."

.
I'm left sitting here trying MY BEST to recall ANY balance in the editorial pages of the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washing Post, the Miami Herald.... et al.

Not only that, but you don't last long as a journalist if you demonstrate any tendency to give an honest account of a news story that might favor a conservative point of view.

And Bod, it's not the Chronicle that treats you disrespectfully "on these pages", it's those of us who don't allow cobwebs to form on our synapses.

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