With only 27 days left, Georgia candidates squared off for the U.S Senate seat of retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss at Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia.
All three candidates were onstage at Tuesday night’s lively debate, where the focus was on GOP and Democrat candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn. Both vollied attack lines, each arguing that their opponent would be an ineffective representative for Georgia if elected to the Senate. Amanda Swafford, the Libertarian candidate, answered a few questions from the panel, but was largely overshadowed by her two opponents.
This debate drew hundreds, with a split crowd rowdily cheering and booing for both sides. A large portion appeared to welcome Perdue’s criticisms of the Obama administration. This will be one of the closest races on the ballot this year. Democrats have not fared well in Georgia since 2002, when Republicans were able to end Democrat dominance in the southern state. Republicans know that this is a must-win seat if they want to win control of the Senate.
In this hour-long debate, Perdue largely focused on the perceived failures of Obama’s presidency, and noted that if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid retains his leadership of the chamber, he will continue to be a rubber stamp for Obama’s policies. Nunn responded, “I’m not sure he’s recognized that he’s not running against Barack Obama or Harry Reid–he’s running against me,” making the case that she is a moderate like her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, and will work in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation.