Dem Strategist: Georgia's Perdue Is Romney-Style Capitalist

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 01:15 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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In order for David Perdue, Georgia's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, to beat Democrat Michelle Nunn in November, he needs to define himself to voters across the Peach State, says Republican strategist Ford O'Connell, who joined Democratic strategist Josh Orton on Newsmax TV’s "America's Forum" on Wednesday.

"He needs to get out there and introduce himself to voters at large," O'Connell advised. "Run his narrative from now until September. He needs people to know who David Perdue is and, frankly, what he needs to do with Michelle Nunn is very simple: tie her to Barack Obama and Harry Reid.

"Nationalize this election, stay on message, and let the pro-GOP political wins of 2014 drag you to victory. Do not get off message, do not get cute . . . and for the love of all that is holy, please do not talk about contraception unless you're for it."

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Perdue narrowly beat Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican primary.

Orton painted Perdue as a wealthy businessman who represents "the type of almost Mitt Romney brand of capitalism."

O'Connell dismissed the characterization, arguing that beating Nunn in the general election isn't rocket science.

"The key here is for David Perdue to stay on message. Do not let Michelle Nunn hide behind her famous last name, and make stands on things that Obama has done that Georgians don't find palatable," he said of former Sen. Sam Nunn's daughter.

"That's the whole key. You actually don't have to do anything. All you have to do is draft the political wins. Do not get yourself caught up in minutiae. That's how Republicans lose."

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