Ga. GOP Senate Runoff: Rep. Kingston vs. Businessman Perdue

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:46 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The race is on in a Georgia GOP runoff for the Senate between Rep. Jack Kingston, who described his opponent as a "flip-flopper," and businessman David Perdue, who said he was an alternative to Washington "career politicians."

Kingston and Perdue are battling to be the GOP nominee in a race to fill the Senate seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Perdue, a businessman and political newcomer, led Tuesday's primary with 30.6 percent of the vote. Kingston has served in the House since 1993, and took the second spot, trailing nearly five points behind.

The winner of the July 22 runoff will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. Newsmax endorsed Kingston's Senate run.

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Kingston said he expected to be successful by stressing his "consistent conservative message" and voting record while in Congress.

"We're going to go very strong on the record. We're going to be talking about my issues, my platform of job creation through the private sector," Kingston told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday.

Kingston said his votes had "actually cut the federal budget," and maintained, as a member of the House Subcommittee on Defense, he believed in a "strong national defense." He called Perdue a "flip flopper" on issues.

"He's been a moderate flip-flopper. And I think, as Republican primary voters look more and more at his record, the more comfortable they are with mine as a consistent conservative," he said.

Kingston said his door was "wide open" to welcome those who voted for Karen Handel, who came in third in Tuesday's Republican primary.

In a separate appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, Perdue described the strength of his candidacy was as a Washington outsider.

"If you like what's going on in Washington, pick one of these career politicians. If not, I provide an alternative. We got that message out," Perdue said.

Washington was "gridlocked," Perdue said, adding that he is "very concerned about the crisis of the day, and that's the debt crisis and how to get the economy going and get people back to work."

"We have a career politician that's been there 22 years, and an outsider who's been in business all this time," he said.

Perdue said being called a flip-flopper by Kingston was "what we've become accustomed to from our career politicians."

"Nothing the congressman just said is really true. If you look at my voting record, it speaks for itself. But the real issue in this race that Georgians want to talk about, and he doesn't really want to do that, and that is his record of spending in the U.S. House of Representatives," he said.

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