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GA Republican Runoff Debates

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Candidates vying to replace Jack Kingston in the First Congressional District squared off on Sunday.

WTOC's very own Sonny Dixon was the moderator for the First Congressional District debate at the Atlanta Press Club. On the Republican side, Dr. Bob Johnson and State Senator, Buddy Carter, traded barbs over their conservative credentials. Democratic candidate, Amy Tavio, showed up for the debate. But, her opponent, Brian Reese, was represented by an empty podium. That debate will air on GPB this Wednesday at 7:30pm.

The debate that aired Sunday is the neck and neck race against Representative Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. Kingston and Perdue are locked in a race for the Republican nomination to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

Perdue hammered Kingston on an Atlanta Journal Constitution report that Kingston took campaign money from a company run by a convicted felon. Kingston fired back by questioning Perdue's campaign funds. Perdue is running as an outsider. While Kingston has painted himself as a known quantity. Both candidates agree that the current administration has driven us into the ground.

Jack Kingston stated, "It really is about jobs, fiscal responsibilty, and a strong national defense. We have seen America fall in stature under this White House."

"We gotta get this economy going and cut this spending to solve this debt crisis.  It is almost unmanageable right now; we have over 100 trillion dollars of future unfunded liablities plus current debt coming at us like a freight train and nobody has a plan to solve it," argued Perdue.

Whoever wins the republican nomination for senate will face off against democratic candidate Michelle Nunn. Nunn is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn.

Both Republican and Democratic candidates are headed for a July 22 runoff in their primary races.

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