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November 1, 2014

Attack of the Babies in Georgia Republican Senate Primary (Video)

Attack of the Babies in Georgia Republican Senate Primary (Video)

Kingston speaks to attendees at a law enforcement cookout in Georgia last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston is up with a new TV ad targeting David Perdue, the front-runner for the Republican Senate nomination.

The ad uses the Perdue campaign’s baby imagery from previous ads to attack the former Dollar General and Reebok CEO’s past business dealings. Both are among the top three contenders, along with former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, to advance beyond the May 20 primary into the runoff.

“Perdue chewed up businesses,” the narrator says, as a toddler eats cake. “8,000 jobs were lost, he took a million-dollar bonus, and also millions more from Obama’s stimulus.”

Perdue is running as the outsider in the race — it even says it on the RV he’s driving around the state — and attacked his opponents as crying babies in one of the earliest ads of the race. His ads featured four babies wearing onesies, each with the first name of a Senate candidate: Kingston, Handel and Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun. Gingrey also made fun of the ad in his own TV spot out this week.

Perdue has led the primary in recent polls, but no one is likely to eclipse 50 percent to avoid a July 22 runoff between the top two finishers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put several hundred thousand dollars behind ads supporting Kingston to help get him into the runoff.

They’re all vying for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The winner will likely face Democrat Michelle Nunn in a race rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    There are more than 2.6 million unemployed workers without benefits since late last December. While the Republican Senate has made delay after delay, and have taken senate break, after senate break, these poor families have been left hung out to dry, without any means to live, and support their families. There is really a TRUE CRISIS here, which needs our attention and action. The Republicans must STOP holding the Extension Bill “Hostage” in the senate, and PASS the much needed bill to help these poor families in need. Many of these families have faced eviction, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Lives are being ruined, along with these people’s credit rating. The Republicans should not use these families for “political Leverage”, and bargaining chips. They are using the XL Pipeline Bill in exchange for passing the extension bill. Where are their party’s so called” family values”?

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICAN SENATE NEEDS TO PASS THE LONG AWAITED UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL, FOR THE 2.6 MILLION OF FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. SINCE LAST DECEMBER, MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE FACED FINANCIAL RUIN, HAVE FACED EVICTION, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE PLAYING THEIR “PARTY POLITICS” IN THE SENATE. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE “ELECTED OFFICIALS” TO START REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND NOT THE XL OIL PIPELINE LOBBY INTEREST. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS FIVE MONTH DELAY AND BATTLE IN THE SENATE TO PASS THE EXTENSION BILL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN HOLDING THE EXTENSION BILL AS “HOSTAGE” UNTIL THEIR “SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP” GETS THEIR OIL PIPLINE APPROVED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ACTUALLY ASSISTED WITH MAKING THESE UNFORTUNATE FAMILIES SUFFER, IN ORDER TO GET THEIR OWN BILL PASSED BY THE PRESIDENT. AS A “FORMER” REPUBLICAN, I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I WILL NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR THEIR PARTY

  • Samuel Sung

    Although making the most of one’s abilities may sometimes be frowned upon, it is the greatest contribution one can make to a free country.

  • David Farrar

    Amnesty for illegal aliens is the concern I have. Chambliss didn’t seem to want to listen to his constituents in their stand against amnesty for lawbreakers. Nunn supports full amnesty, while Perdue and Handel have not signed the FAIR anti-amnesty pledge. Broun, Gingrey and Kingston have all signed the FAIR anti-amnesty pledge. Of the three that have signed the FAIR pledge, only Dr. Paul Broun has stood up to Boehner and voted for his removal as Speaker of the House.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • erick

    Jack Kingston is right. Republicans hate babies. John Boehner wants to kill babies of unemployed workers.

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