MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- Michelle Nunn made Macon's Jeneane's Cafe her first official public appearance after announcing she'll run for the U.S. Senate to fill Saxby Chambliss' seat when he retires.
She went table to table, shaking hands, and introducing herself to lunchers.
"This is my sort of home country and my family's home country," said Nunn.
Nunn, a Perry native, and the daughter of well known U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, calls her father an amazing statesmen, but says she's not running on his name.
"He'll be a big part influence and supporter as he has been for the last 25 years where I have, but I have my own campaign and my own race to run," said Nunn.
A declared Democrat, she says her campaign won't focus on labels.
"My orientation is around getting things done, and not getting labeled by, uh, any label but really focusing on what are the practical solutions what is the common ground and how do we make a difference," said Nunn.
Nunn prides herself on spending the last 25 years making a difference in communities across America through the HandsOn Network, a nonprofit she co-founded.
In 2007, she led the merger of that organization with President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation. She's served as CEO for the last six years.
"We don't need more of the same in Washington. We need something different, and that's what I bring," said Nunn.
She also brings ideas on issues like defense spending and the deficit.
"I'm going to be focused on issues that are important to Georgians and I think that is fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction, really thinking about what can government do and what should it not do," said Nunn.
She believes Washington needs to tighten up spending in a smart way and the automatic cuts that triggered furloughs for civilian employees were not the right move.
"Everyone needs to come to the table. We need to put both spending and revenues on the table," said Nunn.
She remains fiirm on gun control. She says she absolutely supports the second amendment.
"I have a family that has a heritage of hunting... I think everybody can agree on the need for us to assure that guns don't get into the hands of criminals or terrorists, or people that are mentally unstable and so that's where I will be putting my focus," said Nunn.