Michelle Nunn asks for 5 debates in Senate race

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ATLANTA — Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn wants five debates with Republican David Perdue leading up to the Nov. 4 general election, with the GOP nominee’s campaign suggesting in reply that her proposal is a disingenuous stunt.

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Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn wants five debates with Republican David Perdue leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.  FILE
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Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn wants five debates with Republican David Perdue leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.

Nunn said in a prepared statement Friday that the pair should meet across Georgia in events hosted by non-partisan groups.

“Debates are going to be an important part of this race,” she said, a departure from the Democratic primary when she declined on multiple occasions to engage with several lesser-known candidates.

“I welcome the chance to engage in these dialogues in front of Georgia voters and hope my opponent will join me in this important process,” Nunn added.

Perdue’s campaign didn’t explicitly answer her invitation, which was issued only through a news release and not via direct contact with the Perdue campaign.

Instead, Perdue aide Derrick Dickey hammered Nunn for waiting until the general election to talk about debates.

“David participated in a dozen debates during the primary while Michelle Nunn dodged every debate except one to avoid taking a position on anything of substance,” Dickey said in an e-mail.

“For her to now talk about the importance of debates shows the complete disingenuousness of her campaign,” he wrote.

Dickey included a screen shot of a televised Demo­cratic primary debate that featured an empty podium representing Nunn, alongside the three other Democrats she eventually defeated.

Nunn, Perdue and Liber­tarian Amanda Swafford are running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

The Georgia race will help determine which major party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Obama’s administration.

National Democrats view Nunn as their best shot at picking up a Republican seat this fall as Democrats try to maintain their majority.

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Billsams
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Billsams 08/01/14 - 10:56 pm
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Nunn

She is not her daddy. He was in the middle . She is far left of the middle. Hope he is not turning over in his resting place!!

fedex227
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fedex227 08/01/14 - 11:06 pm
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There's a good excuse if they use it ...
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"Perdue aide Derrick Dickey hammered Nunn for waiting until the general election to talk about debates." ... in other words, 'we're not willing to debate Ms. Nunn because she waited to until she was the nominee to engage in debate with the Republican nominee.'

That'll go over big.

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john 08/01/14 - 11:41 pm
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hmm

It must be hard to prepare to debate a Democrat since they are so prone to just make stuff up such as The Honorable Debbie W. Shultz, and the rest of the leadership of that party.

fedex227
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fedex227 08/02/14 - 01:03 am
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um,
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what debate?

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