U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue stopped at IHOP on Lafayette Parkway Thursday morning as the first stop on an 11-day, 50-town bus tour in preparation for his July 22 runoff race against Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for the open senate seat.
Perdue, former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, told attendees at this morning’s gathering that he grew up the son of two teachers with modest means. He said they lived with one principle: “if you don’t have it, don’t spend it … somehow in Washington (D.C.) they’ve forgotten that.”
Citing the almost $18 trillion national debt, Perdue said that someone has to do what President Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s and “get the economy going again.” He said there are few people in Congress with any free enterprising experience, which contributes to the problem, but his background in business gives him an advantage in that area.
Over his years of work, Perdue said he learned that without a strong economy, it’s hard to have a strong military, which hurts foreign policy. America’s financial problems have destabilized the global economy, he said, and the only way to get it back in order is to control spending.
Perdue told the group he was strongly in favor of term limits for national seats. He said state and local representatives are true citizen legislators, but Washington, D.C., is plagued by career politicians who rely solely on their political careers for income, citing there are 36 U.S. Senators that have been in their seats for more than 30 years.
Perdue said his runoff opponent, Kingston, has spent 22 years in Washington, D.C., and so far failed to make any difference. He also called Kingston out on what he said was a liberal spending record and being heavily funded by special-interest groups.
“We have a full-blown crisis in America,” he said. “I thought it was just economic at first, and it is, but it is more than that - it’s ideological. We have a president trying to create and imperial presidency, it seems like, and a congress that’s letting him do that.”
Perdue encouraged people to get out and vote in the July 22 runoff. Early voting is underway. In addition to the U.S. Senate Republican race, Republican and Democrat candidates for state school board superintendent are on the ballot.