U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston spoke to the South Hall Republican Club last month, and Monday night was Republican rival David Perdue’s turn to address local conservatives.
The two will square off July 22 in a runoff for the Republican nomination.
The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford of Flowery Branch in the general election Nov. 4 to fill the state’s Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.
Perdue, speaking at the Spout Springs branch of the Hall County Library System in Flowery Branch, called the runoff a referendum on politics in Washington, D.C. He touted his outsider credentials and business experience, calling Kingston a “career politician.”
Perdue also pointed the finger at the George W. Bush administration, saying the Republican brand had been damaged during his presidency. He said he believes things have only gotten worse since.
“I believe we have a full-blown crisis,” he said, pointing to the nation’s debt as the No. 1 culprit. “If you’re as outraged as I am ... help me take the country back.”