Isakson chides Nunn about Sen. Harry Reid

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 7:35 AM
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ATLANTA -- Sen. Johnny Isakson needled Michelle Nunn a little Tuesday about her hints that she might not support Sen. Harry Reid for majority leader.

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“The oldest rule in politics and in life is: you can’t have it both ways,” he said. “You can’t say ‘I might’ and say ‘I might not’ and expect the people of Georgia to believe it one way or another. You’ve got to ultimately declare what you’re going to do.”

He is comments in response to something said Thursday by Nunn, the Democratic nominee to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is retiring. She met with reporters after a debate with Republican nominee David Perdue and hinted that she might not back Reid for re-election to the post that has made the Nevada Democrat a partisan lightning rod.

“I look forward to changing the composition in the leadership of the Senate,” Nunn said. “...I will vote for the Democratic leader that I think best represents our capacity to get things done and move things forward.”

Moments earlier, Perdue had accused her of seeking to become a rubber stamp for Reid.

Isakson said he is personally supporting Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

But McConnell has drawn his own critics, especially among the conservative wing of the GOP. When Perdue was running for the Republican nomination, he promised to support elbowing McConnell away from the helm.

However, once he got the nod by winning a runoff last month, he reportedly flew to Washington to meet with McConnell and the rest of the Republican leadership and promise to tone down the rhetoric.

Tuesday, after Isakson’s comments in an interview with Morris News, Perdue’s press secretary did offer blandishment.

“Right now, David is focused on winning this election to best represent the people of Georgia and help regain the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” said Megan Whittemore, Perdue’s press secretary.

Nunn and Perdue are both first-time candidates who are basing their campaigns on being outsiders. But Isakson, who will become the senior senator in January, has been a legislator, a congressman and chaired the state school board, offered a seasoned political observation.

“As a candidate for office, you ought to declare who you are going to support of the candidates running,” he said, noting that no candidates have announced to challenge either Reid or McConnell. “...Eventually you have to play your hand. You can’t have it both ways forever.”

Amanda Swafford, the Libertarian nominee, says it’s premature to talk about it anyway.

“The November 4 elections are still 10 weeks away. I can tell you that I most certainly would not be voting for Harry Reid. To vote for Reid would be the same as voting for the status quo which is a gridlocked Congress,” she said.

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cush1944 08/27/14 - 08:03 am
"I will vote for the

"I will vote for the Democratic leader that I think best represents our capacity to get things done and move things forward.”
Ms. Nunn, to bad your daddy didn't teach anything. Why don't they ask her if she will support the lying, racist anti-America communist in the WH.

Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 08/27/14 - 08:43 am
She will say anything to get

She will say anything to get elected just like Barrow, then swing to the left until the next election cycle.

AFjoe 08/27/14 - 11:33 am
What Daddy Did

During part of the last debate between Nunn-Perdue, Mrs._________(her last name is not Nunn) mentioned she supported the military just like Father did. Also said that during Daddy's tenure that no bases (BRAC) closed in Georgia and she will support the same. Base/post closing is outside congress and they have little say so. This is an independent commission not contected with congress so her so called support will amount to nothing.
Mr Sam Nunn was a demo"rat" but he was also a Hawk.

prov227 08/27/14 - 12:22 pm
Looking for some conservative votes in Georgia

Using daddy's name to mask her socialist democratic leanings. She grew up in D.C. Wants to return to the Washington glamor.

Dixieman 08/27/14 - 01:28 pm
Nunn of the above

She has no qualifications other than who her daddy was, and in America we don't do hereditary officeholding.

Darby 09/09/14 - 12:02 pm
"She has no qualifications other than who her

daddy was, and in America we don't do hereditary officeholding."

At least, we do our best not to. Now let's hope Jeb and Hillary get the message.

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