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Monday, May 12, 2014

U.S. Senate candidates jostle during Atlanta Press Club debates

Phil Gingrey of Marietta during last nights Republican Senate debate. Gingrey called the Affordable Care Act, the worst piece of legislation that has been passed in the history of the country.
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  • Phil Gingrey of Marietta during last night's Republican Senate debate. Gingrey called the Affordable Care Act "the worst piece of legislation that has been passed in the history of the country."

With less than 10 days before Georgia's primaries, nearly a dozen political hopefuls vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss made their pitches to voters across the state.

Last night at Georgia Public Broadcasting's studios in Midtown, 11 candidates running in the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate primaries on May 20 took part in the Atlanta Press Club's Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

Seven GOP challengers took turns answering questions from a panel of local journalists and found ample opportunities to jab at their opponents. Among the participants were U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Jack Kingston of Savannah, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, and MARTA senior network engineer Derrick Grayson, and patent attorney Art Gardner.

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel,  Jack Kingston of Savannah, and David Perdue during last nights debate. Handel called Perdue an out of touch elitest insider, during the debate
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  • Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, Jack Kingston of Savannah, and David Perdue during last night's debate. Handel called Perdue an "out of touch elitist insider" during the debate

Kingston and Perdue, two of the leading Republican candidates who also have the largest war chests, spent much of the evening fending off attacks over their respective congressional and business records. The Savannah Congressman was called out for not following through on pledges to fight for Congressional term limits. Meanwhile, Perdue's opponents questioned his corporate decisions, which they said included overseeing a company that ultimately filed for bankruptcy, accepting federal stimulus cash, and outsourcing jobs. Both candidates defended their political and business records and attempted to deflect the barrage of criticisms.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens said during the debate, The only new law that I would like to see is one that makes English the official language of America.
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  • U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens said during the debate, "The only new law that I would like to see is one that makes English the official language of America."

MARTA senior network engineer Derrick Grayson
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  • MARTA senior network engineer Derrick Grayson

If you missed the GOP debate, which aired live statewide last night, GPB has posted the 52-minute segment online for your viewing pleasure. We've embedded the clip after the jump.



That wasn't the only debate that took place last night. GPB taped the Democratic U.S. Senate debate featuring former nonprofit executive Michelle Nunn, Atlanta physician Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, former state Sen. Steen Miles of East DeKalb County, and Columbus ROTC instructor Todd Robinson earlier in the evening. Here's the state broadcast network's segment of the debate.



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