U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial debates held at Georgia National Fairgrounds

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – With less than a month until Election Day, the candidates running for Governor and U.S. Senate squared off during a debate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

Hundreds of supporters for all the candidates packed the Reaves Auditorium for the debates Tuesday night.

U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Michelle Nunn, Republican David Perdue, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford debated on various topics including how to handle ISIS, grow the economy, and cut spending. They also talked about immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, and the federal minimum wage.

Perdue’s main talking points included reforming the tax code, regulatory reform, and unlocking the nation’s energy resources. He added Obamacare is the worst law that has ever been passed and it needs to be repealed.

Nunn says in order to change Washington, there needs to be collaboration and people in place who are willing to reach across the aisle. She adds there are parts of Obamacare that need to be fixed and parts that need to be worked upon.

Swafford says she is the real, true choice for voters and that she represents working class Americans. She added she is the only candidate with elected experience in local government.

Shortly after the U.S. Senate debate ended, the candidates running for Georgia Governor took the stage. Republican Governor Nathan Deal, Democrat Jason Carter, and Libertarian Andrew Hunt debated on education, medical marijuana, same-sex marriage as well as ways to improve the economy and cutting transportation spending in the state.

Carter plans to create a separate education fund for students in K-12. He says education has to be the first priority every year and not just during an election year. When asked how Carter would create new jobs for the state, he answered education is economic development.

Deal says since he’s been elected, he’s put the highest percentage of the state’s budget toward education. Deal adds Georgia is the fourth fastest job creator in the United States.

Hunt discussed his plans to increase the employment rate.

Election day is November 4th.

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