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David Perdue campaign swings through Evans

Senate hopeful has ground to make up in GOP race

Posted: July 20, 2014 - 12:10am
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U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue holds a rally at the Augusta Cheer Academy. He is a runoff with Rep. Jack Kingston to be the GOP candidate.  Photos by Jim Blaylock
Photos by Jim Blaylock
U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue holds a rally at the Augusta Cheer Academy. He is a runoff with Rep. Jack Kingston to be the GOP candidate.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue rolled into Evans on Wednesday afternoon in a navy blue RV emblazoned with “The Outsider” in bold white letters.

The former Dollar General CEO was in the midst of a 50-city campaign tour across the state seeking enough last-minute momentum to overcome U.S. Rep Jack Kingston in Tuesday’s runoff for U.S. Senate.

In his first run for elected office, Perdue has positioned himself as the “outsider” in the race, contrasting his record in private enterprise with Kingston’s 22 years in office.

“I set out in this race to give the voters a choice,” Perdue said, speaking to a group of about 30 supporters at Augusta Cheer Academy on Washington Road. “We’ve got to make a change in how things get done in Washington.”

Perdue said his agenda, if elected, will focus on cutting spending and balancing the federal budget and eliminating burdensome regulations that harm business growth.

He also wants to be a champion for term limits, leading the discussion to implement legislation that will put an end to “career” politicians. He has already imposed a personal limit on his time in office.

“If elected I’ll do two terms, that’s all,” he said.

As for other political hot topics, Perdue said he was opposed to “amnesty” for the country’s estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, but agreed that a comprehensive policy overhaul was necessary to solve the country’s immigration problems.

He said reports of a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America is indicative of the broken system.

“What’s happening out in Arizona is a tragedy, but it is one of our own making,” Perdue said.

He said he agreed with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s call to mobilize the National Guard to assist federal immigration officers at the border.
“We have to secure the country’s border, that is the first thing we do, and then we can talk about the other issues,” he said.

His campaign stop at Augusta Cheer Academy was one of nine for the day, which began early in Gainesville and would end in Milledgeville on Wednesday evening.

Eugene Yu, who was briefly in the Senate race against Perdue before switching to run in the GOP race for the U.S. 12th Congressional District seat, said he was behind Perdue because they have similar philosophies – they both want to change how politics work in Washington.

“You can’t keep sending the same people back and expect different results,” Yu said.

Reach Steve Crawford at (706) 868-1222 or steve.crawford@augustachronicle.com.

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