David Perdue encourages bipartisan views, talks trade with China to UGA College Republicans
Megan Mittelhammer, The Red & Black
October 10, 2019
On Oct. 9, Georgia Sen. David Perdue made a stop at the University of Georgia, where he spoke to a group of about 90, the UGA chapter of College Republicans.
Perdue discussed his views on the Republican party’s progress, the economy and trade talks with China. He also mentioned his decision to become a senator and the way he sees politics today.
Despite having served in the Senate for five years and being a close ally of President Donald Trump, Perdue said he never wanted to be in politics.
He described what he perceives as the original purpose the founders had in mind for Congress.
“They did not envision the career politician,” Perdue said.
Perdue struck a bipartisan tone when he said he still values his relationship with Michelle Nunn, the Democratic philanthropic executive with whom he fought a tough first senate campaign in 2014.
“Michelle and I today are great friends, and that’s what America’s supposed to be about,” Perdue said. “I don’t care what your political beliefs are, but whoever said we had to hate each other if we happen to disagree on a single issue?”
Perdue encouraged students to think of themselves as more than “a monolithic political position” and instead decide where they stand on social, fiscal, economic and religious issues.
“I believe we have a discourse problem in Washington, where we’re losing the ability to compromise,” Perdue said. “And that bothers me.”
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