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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Handel blasts Nunn in radio attack over support for U.S. military intervention in Syria

Karen Handel this morning continued an offensive against her opponents in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Today's target: Democratic rival Michelle Nunn.

The former Fulton County Commission chairman, Georgia secretary of state, and gubernatorial candidate debuted a radio ad against Nunn over her support of a military strike against Syria. And she's recently been running radio spots in Atlanta, Athens, and Savannah against her GOP opponents - U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta, and Jack Kingston of Savannah - over possible ties to Obamacare.

Here's an except of the ad's text:

On military intervention in Syria, there's a clear difference between Democrat Michelle Nunn and me. Michelle Nunn said she would vote for direct American military intervention even with no imminent threat to our national security. But President Obama has failed to make the case. His foreign policy is a disaster. On Syria, the president is virtually incoherent, lacking consistency and failing to articulate clear goals. No wonder most Georgians, and Americans, oppose the cost of an intervention in Syria's civil war. Yet Michelle Nunn continues to support this.

Last week, Nunn, who's running against fellow Democrat Dr. Branko Radulovacki, backed military intervention in order to stop Syria's use of chemical weapons. Her spokesperson told the AJC in a statement:

It is my belief that we must stand together to ensure our nation's credibility, to deter President Bashar Al-Assad and other rulers from believing they can use chemical weapons with impunity, and to safeguard our own national security from the dangers of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. President Assad's actions are a clear violation of international law. If we do nothing after our early declarations, not only will President Assad be emboldened to use chemical weapons on a larger scale, but Iran will be emboldened to proceed with its development of nuclear weapons and friend and foe around the world will devalue the word of the United States.

I am aware that many Georgians are rightfully leery about getting involved in another military conflict, especially after recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. I share those concerns. We should not engage in another extended action at this time, or commit troops on the ground. But ultimately I believe that we must come together and I would join with our two Georgia Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, in supporting a limited, defined, and strategic military action to be outlined and carried out by our military leadership.

NBC political editor Domenico Montanaro nicely summed up Handel's ad, which he calls "remarkable," as it features GOP candidate "running as dove in a red state and making the Dem look like a hawk."

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