Republican U.S. Senate candidates touch down in Macon as part of fly by tour
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Several political hopefuls touched down in Macon Monday to make one final push for voters to choose them in the U.S. Senate.
Two Republican candidates, Karen Handel and David Perdue, say it’s time to fix the issues up in Washington and they have the blueprint to get there.
With hundreds of voters set to head to the polls around Georgia, Karen Handel’s supporters waited at Middle Georgia Regional Airport one last time to get a glimpse of the former Secretary of State before Tuesday’s primary election.
“Momentum is there, that’s been the story for the last six weeks for this campaign,” Handel said.
She along with one of her Republican Primary opponents, David Perdue, stopped in Macon as part of their fly by tours across the state.
Perdue, who’s a newcomer to politics, says support from communities across Georgia, along with his cousin former Governor Sonny Perdue, have helped him get this far.
“I tell you our grass roots has really made a big difference around the state,” Perdue said.
Both candidates think there needs to be some changes in D.C., saying the mindset in Washington in stale and outdated.
“We got 36 U.S. Senators who’ve been in elected office for over 30 years. I just think we have to hold our elected officials accountable for the mess that we have right now,” Perdue said.
“We need to have a strong fighter for the people, not someone who’s been a career congressman or an out of touch elitist who looks down on people without college degrees,” Handel said.
Both candidates say the challenges are there, specifically, what are some ways to jump start the economy?
Handel says it’s through small business..
“Not so much about what can we do for the big companies, but how do we create capital, how do we get the tax burden lower, and how do we ease regulations for small businesses,” Handel said.
Perdue thinks cutting spending will get the job done.
“We’ve got $480 billion of redundant agencies right now as an example. There are plenty of places where we can cut federal spending without damaging any services,” Perdue said.
Both Handel and Perdue still have to get through the crowded Republican primary race that includes, U.S. Representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston.
Primary elections are on May 20th.