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And now for another edition of how much the GOP candidates running for U.S. Senate in Georgia sucks.  Tonight's edition is Wall Street's own David Perdue (R. GA) and his hypocrisy when it comes to health care:

Georgia Ports Authority board member David Perdue makes a point during a debate Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Cook County High School Performing Arts Center in Adel, Ga. The Georgia Republican Party is holding six more debates around the state for the eight GOP candidates competing to replace U. S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
David Perdue, one of the handful of candidates running in the Republican primary for the Senate in Georgia, has been an outspoken proponent of repealing Obamacare.

The thing is, back in 2006 the businessman and Senate hopeful also argued that the only way to help unemployed Americans get health insurance was at the "federal level" rather than through states.

During a meeting at the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue (pictured above), the then CEO of Dollar General, said that it was a "tragedy that so many people are uninsured," according to the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 17, 2006.

So, Perdue said according to Retailing Today, "the solution has to be at the federal level.

"If it's left up to the states, there will be 50 different solutions. - TPM, 3/11/14

Yes, Perdue who supports repealing Obamacare was a big fan of the federal government solving our health care problem:

“It’s a tragedy that so many people are uninsured,” Perdue said of health insurance, according to a Dallas Morning News article from Oct. 17, 2006.

“The solution has to be at the federal level,” he said, according to a Retailing Today article from November 6, 2006. “If it’s left up to the states, there will be 50 different solutions.”

Now, Perdue is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and he is advocating full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which was intended to do exactly that: provide a “federal level” solution to get more Americans health insurance.

Perdue campaign spokesman Derrick Dickey said there was no tension between the two positions.

“David supports the full repeal of Obamacare. However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level,” Dickey said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “For example, Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price has a great patient-centered alternative to replace Obamacare.” - Times-Herald, 3/10/14

Perdue has been making Obamacare a real issue in his race to grab his party's nominee:

Perdue, the cousin of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) and a former director of the Georgia Ports Authority, has been critical of the health care law throughout his Senate bid. The candidate's website calls it "an overreaching federal program that will actually reduce the quality of health care and increase costs."

In January, Perdue wrote in a blog post that he and his wife's health insurance was canceled and their insurance premium doubled because of the Affordable Care Act.

"We did not have a 'substandard' plan with a second rate company," Perdue wrote. "We had done our research and picked a plan that met our needs. However, our federal government, in its infinite wisdom, decided that we grandparents needed maternity coverage among other things." - Huffington Post, 3/10/14

Who knows what shot Perdue has at winning the nominee.  Right now, it's not looking good for Perdue:

A poll released Monday conducted by left-leaning Public Policy Polling is showing some separation in the wide-open GOP contest to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

The poll, commissioned by the lefty guerrilla group Better Georgia, has Rep. Paul Broun of Athens at 27 percent in the GOP contest. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta is at 14 percent, Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah is at 13 percent and businessman David Perdue is at 12 percent. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel notches 9 percent in the question, which involved only those who identified themselves as GOP primary voters. About a quarter were undecided.

It gets more interesting in head-to-head matchups with Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn. Respondents had Nunn and Broun at a 38 percent deadlock, and Nunn with slight leads over Kingston, Handel and Gingrey. (A matchup between Nunn and Perdue was apparently not one of the questions.)

The poll involved 580 voters surveyed between March 5-6. Roughly half of the respondents said they generally vote in GOP primaries and 41 percent vote in Democratic contests. Some 49 percent favored Mitt Romney in 2012, compared to 43 percent who backed Barack Obama. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3/10/14

National Democrats have their hopes on Michelle Nunn (D. GA):

Besides her political lineage, TIME says Nunn’s final qualification is the “almost comical field of Republican challengers who have been doing everything they can to commit political fratricide. In one recent ad, Republican businessman David Perdue depicted his seven GOP rivals as a bunch of babies in diapers crying on the floor,” the article says.

TIME didn’t fail to point out some embarrassing gaffes from some of the other Republicans in the GOP primary, either, citing U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s claim that evolutionary theories are “lies from the pits of hell;” U.S. Rep. Jack Kington’s suggestion that low-income middle schoolers sweep floors to earn free lunches; and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s defense of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments that women have a natural defense against pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.” - Peach Pundit, 3/11/14

And Nunn knows what she's going up against:

March 6, 2014 Atlanta: U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, brought a large group of supporters with her to officially sign up to run for office Thursday March 6, 2014.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM ......
Nunn faces several primary rivals, but she’s the clear front-runner in the May 20 contest. The Republican field is much murkier, with five well-known candidates in the race. Nunn has so far avoided events with them, but on Thursday the nonprofit executive had this to say about the GOP side of the ledger:

“It seems to be a kind of drive to extremes in ideology and they seem to be fighting each other for those extremes.”

Nunn’s candidacy hinges on her ability to paint herself as a moderate  in the same strain as her father, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. Republicans, meanwhile, have eagerly cast her as a “national Democrat” who will blindly follow President Barack Obama. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3/6/14

If Perdue was to secure the nominee, it would be an election between two political legacies:

David Perdue, the cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue, announced last summer he would seek the Republican nomination for US Senate.

The same month, Michelle Nunn announced she'd run as a Democrat for the same office. She's the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn.

And Sen. Jason Carter is running for Governor, a Democrat who is the grandson of former Governor and President Jimmy Carter.

The lineage doesn't impress everybody. "Every time the press mentions (Carter's) name, they tack on his ancestry," said Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday. "And I don't think that's what's important. I think a candidate ought to stand on their own footing."

Carter, Nunn, Irvin and Perdue would agree with Deal; all have positioned themselves independently of their famous kinfolk. Their supporters say the family name is mostly a financial asset. - NBC 11 Atlanta, 3/7/14

Nunn's been focused on mobilizing a strong grassroots campaign:

She was asked if voters would take her seriously if she wasn't the daughter of the popular U.S. Senator. Sam Nunn retired in 1997 after a 24-year career in the Senate.

"Last year we mobilized 4 million volunteers," Michelle Nunn answered. "So I have actually plenty of experience in actually getting things done and solving problems."

Nunn cites her experience in a career leading volunteer service organizations. Many volunteers were with her at the Capitol when she filed paperwork to run for the US Senate.

We asked her if she should have sought a local political office prior to running for the US Senate. "When I talk to people, they say we really need change in Washington. I don't believe we need career politicians," she answered.

We asked her if she thinks political experience is "overrated."

"I think I would ask the folks that are currently giving our Congress an 8 percent approval rating about their feeling about political experience these days," Nunn answered, as her volunteers cheered behind her. - NBC 11 Atlanta, 3/6/14

Nunn recently spoke about her stances on background checks, immigration and Russia:

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn thanks the president and CEO of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia John Becker for giving a tour of their facility in Athens, Ga., on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014. (Photo/Kendyl Wade,
She said she “believes in the Second Amendment” and comes from a family of hunters, but would not rule out voting for tighter gun control laws.

“My mother and father are hunters. They’re teaching my 11-year-old about hunting now, and I also believe that we can have common-sense efforts to ensure that we have background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists and those that are mentally unstable,” she said. “So when people ask me about issues of gun safety, I say, you know, in all of the things I’m talking about, what I’m searching for are pragmatic common-sense efforts, and that’s where I would be focusing my attention and my efforts to advance what I think is important around issues of safety and concern.”

Tensions are high with Russian President Vladimir Putin stationing thousands of Russian troops in Crimea. Nunn shared what she believes the U.S. should do about the crisis.

“It’s obviously deplorable action from Putin and from Russia,” Nunn said. “I think it is a violation of international law. It’s clearly also a violation of Russia’s own commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I believe that the United States and the larger free world needs to work in concert to really apply all possible diplomatic action to ensure that Russia does respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I think we need to put in place economic sanctions and ensure that we really exert the kind of attention that hopefully alleviates the dangerous situation. It’s very volatile, and one that I think we need to be prepared to work together, both Congress and the president and also with our allies to make sure that we turn this back.”

Nunn also shared her thoughts on what should be done with the estimated 12 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

“I think there has been some good bipartisan work around this that’s included folks like John McCain and Sen. Rubio, and there’s been comprehensive reform package legislation in the Senate, and I believe that that is a step in the right direction,” she said. “It asked folks to get in the back of the line if they’re undocumented to actually pay fines, to make sure they learn English, to go through background checks, all those things, but to give them the opportunity and the pathway to citizenship. And as I talk to businesspeople, small business folks, corporate CEOs, farmers across the state, all of them tell me that in order to continue to grow our economy they believe we need bipartisan, comprehensive, immigration reform. So I believe that we need to step forward on this. I believe it’s the right thing to do and I believe it’s the smart thing to do.” - The Marietta Daily Journal, 3/9/14

If you want to get involved or donate to Nunn's campaign, you can click here:
Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, along with many other volunteers, aid in putting together bags of food for those in need at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014.

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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