For months, Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter have traded barbs over education and economic policy. But at Sunday's debate, both rivals unleashed new attacks that focused more on their rival's personal backgrounds than their policy positions as they intensified their appeal to the middle class.
In the testy showdown at the Atlanta Press Club, Deal called Carter a “liberal” who had a skewed view of private enterprise, and he tried to paint the state senator as a novice who's had little private-sector or political success. Carter accused Deal of failing to tap Georgia's potential with a humdrum political agenda, and he raised questions about the governor's sale of a lucrative salvage yard.