Senate nominee David Perdue, Governor Nathan Deal, and Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett gathered at party headquarters for a Wednesday morning showing of solidarity and a media availability.
“We are not running on our namesakes. We believe a candidate should stand on their own record, on their own priorities, and the things they have demonstrated they can do. And, that is exactly what we will do,” Deal stated, taking a subtle shot at both Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn.
Perdue’s first cousin is former Governor Sonny Perdue, but the former Reebok and Dollar General CEO has centered his campaign on his own accomplishments outside the political arena.
“I believe this economy is ready to bust out if we just take on some common-sense free market principles,” the freshly-minted Republican nominee said, who also stated he intended to “prosecute the failed record of this administration.”
Both reaffirmed their commitment to fiscally conservative policies, with Deal citing his and Perdue’s upbringing as a sign the party is united.
“We are both the children of two public school teachers in the state of Georgia. Both of us grew up in middle Georgia. We know the values that Georgians hold,” he said. “We were educated in the public schools and we went to colleges here in the state of Georgia. Those are the kinds of contrasts that I think will be drawn here in the next couple of months.”
Rep. Jack Kingston, narrowly felled by Perdue in last night’s runoff contest, was not in attendance but has stated multiple times since conceding that he intends to support his one-time rival.