Two major party candidates face off in U.S. Senate race
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Your track record says a lot about you.
“Look at the record–compare the candidates, not just the promises they make but what they’ve delivered in the past and I think they’ll end up voting for Johnny Isakson,” said Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.
That’s what Isakson pushed Monday at Lowe Aviation near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
“Who’s been there to bring home the bacon in terms of jobs, opportunities, who’s looked after Robins air force base who’s looked after the agricultural products of the state?” said Isakson.
Isakson is being challenged by democrat Jim Barksdale, who’s a businessman running against the Washington norm.
“Nobody owns me, I’m not a product of any special interest group, I haven’t been a politician,” said Barksdale. “I’m just in this because I’ve seen the harmful impacts of the policies that Senator Isakson has represented ever since he went to Washington.”
He says people want change–and he’s here to give them that.
“When the economy was going off in 2008, I stood up and borrowed every penny I could on my home so that I wouldn’t have to lay off any employees,” said Barksdale. “And that’s the kind of responsibility and awareness of people’s jobs that we need in Washington.”
Both candidates agree on something though–the energy they’ve seen at the Georgia polls is encouraging.
“It’s going to be a great day for America where finally, more than half the country turns out to vote,” said Isakson. “2.2 million Georgians have already voted. We think there’s going to be 1.5 to 1.7 million more voting. We may actually have a turn out of more than 4 million voters in Georgia which would be an all-time record.”
“So I think one of the reasons when people don’t turn out to vote is they think it isn’t really going to change anything,” said Barksdale. “And my message to them is that I’m going there to Washington to make sure that the voices of the people are being represented and not just the voices of special interest groups.”
Allen Buckley is the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia.