ICYMI: Senator David Perdue Discusses 2020 Re-Election With AJC’s Greg Bluestein
Yesterday, U.S. Senator David Perdue discussed his re-election campaign with The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein, laying out his outsider agenda that has delivered results for all Georgians and its stark contrast with his Democrat opponent’s radical, socialist policies that have already proven to fail.
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Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff present dramatically different visions of government as they square off for Perdue’s U.S. Senate seat, one of two up for grabs in Georgia this November as Democrats try to retake control of the chamber.
Perdue presents himself as a steady conservative voice, leveraging his close ties to Trump and his decades of experience at the top of the corporate ladder to make the case that he’s a voice of stability and law and order at a tumultuous moment in American politics.
“We need leadership. It’s like the big turnarounds I was a part of during my business career — it’s when leaders come to the fore,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I’m still the outsider in the belly of the beast after six years. There are a lot of career politicians here, and my role has been trying to be a stabilizing influence,” he added. “My role up here is to be the adult in the room, and I’m fulfilling that.”
Perdue acknowledges the challenge, repeatedly saying narrow Republican victories in the 2018 midterms, as well as the party’s struggles in down-ticket races across the suburbs, should be a “wake-up call.”
“My role is going to be to expose this radical agenda that Democrats are trying to perpetrate. It didn’t get done in ’18, and I’m going to do that in ’20,” Perdue said.
“Do you want bigger government, more regulation, more taxes? Or do you want to go to less regulation, a competitive tax code and more energy investment? We’re off to a good start, but I believe there’s much to be done,” he said. “The contrast in this race is going to be very clear.”
In the interview Thursday, he sought to define the race in stark terms, labeling Ossoff and his supporters as arbiters of a “socialist agenda” who aims to destabilize a U.S. economy that, until the coronavirus pandemic, was experiencing soaring growth.
“This whole race is about whether voters want to move to a socialist agenda or whether they believe in the economic opportunity for everyone, limited government and a strong workforce,” he said.