Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn made an afternoon campaign stop in LaGrange on Friday, speaking to a crowd of more than 40 supporters at the LaGrange Troup Chamber of Commerce on Bull street.
Nunn also spoke at LaGrange College and stopped for a lemonade at Charlie Joseph’s downtown.
Speaking before the crowd, the ninth-generation Georgian and daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn said she is the candidate that can work with both sides of the aisle to accomplish the most for Georgians and the country. She will face Republican nominee David Perdue in the Nov. 4 midterm election. Perdue will visit the chamber on Oct. 22.
Nunn told the crowd of civic leaders and supporters said she believes in keeping a close eye on the nation’s spending.
“We have to be good fiscal stewards,” she told the crowd. “And, we have to get control of the national debt. We also need to make sure there’s an affordable path for education.”
She brought up Georgia’s state motto, “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation,” and said Washington could use more of those values, particularly in the wake of last year’s federal government shutdown, which lasted more that two weeks. She told the Daily News that she thinks Washington needs more bipartisan legislation.
Nunn supporter Edna Foster of LaGrange came sporting a sunhat with a Nunn bumper sticker across the front. She said she’s committed to the candidate.
“I looked at her credentials, and she has a lot of integrity and no baggage,” Foster said. “It’s refreshing in an election that seems to be for sale.”
The candidate took unscreened questions from the crowd and spoke candidly about foreign policy, law enforcement topics and women’s issues — all topics brought up by attendees.
The event was organized by LaGrange City Councilman Willie Edmonson and Troup County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe. The LaGrange Troup Chamber of Commerce offered its space, but is not endorsing either candidate.
Edmonson said he organized the event to help local citizens to become more engaged in the election and because he believes in Nunn.
“She is a candidate that can cross lines and work with both sides,” he said. “She loves her work, she loves her state and even a moderate Republican can get behind her.”
The crowd chuckled as Edmonson said he invited Nunn because, “you can’t get into Heaven until you go through LaGrange.”