So: Perdue’s first appeal was jobs, jobs, jobs. Nunn’s was nonprofits, volunteers, Bush and attacking Perdue. Score one for the far more focused Republican.
Nunn tried over and over to connect herself to the Bush 1, until Perdue finally pointed out that the president has actually endorsed him and not Nunn. Nunn’s Bush talk, as well as the outsourcing charges, Perdue said, were “an attempt at distraction away from the real critical issue in this race, and that is job creation here in Georgia.”
As the debate continued, Perdue tied Nunn repeatedly to the Obama agenda. Nunn, in turn, appeared unfazed by Perdue’s Bush put-down, continuing to link herself with the first Bush. “I’ve spent about 45 minutes of my life with President Obama,” Nunn said. “I’ve spent seven years working for President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light organization.”
Nunn tried to accuse Perdue of opposing the minimum wage — not just an increase in the minimum wage, but the minimum wage itself. “Well, it’s the law of the land,” Perdue answered, explaining that he opposes raising the current wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10. (He did not say whether he would approve of a smaller increase.)