BLAIRSVILLE, Ga: Senator David Perdue weaved his way through the North Georgia Mountains on Tuesday, December 8, visiting Fannin, Union, and Towns Counties.
The stops were part of his 125-city bus tour to get the vote out ahead of the January 5 runoff. Both Georgia Senators Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are in runoffs, Perdue against Jon Ossoff (D) and Loeffler against Raphael Warnock (D). The outcome of the two races will determine control of the U.S. Senate – a point that Perdue drove home during his stump speech.
The November 3 election outcome left some Georgia Republicans feeling disenfranchised and are debating whether to stay home on January 5. Former members of the Trump legal team, Lin Wood and Sydney Powell strengthened that sentiment last week when they encouraged Georgians not to vote unless it was secure.
Perdue addressed those voters who might skip the runoff:
“Here’s the issue, if you don’t vote in January, we’re just letting the Democrats win. We know what their agenda is. They want to go to a one-party, socialist agenda. We have to stop them, and the eyes of America are on Georgia right now. It’s up to us. Our responsibility in Georgia is to get out and vote to stop these Democrats and to protect what President Trump has accomplished in four years.”
He warned of the radical leftist agenda, including stacking the supreme court, removing the electoral college, and federalized mail-in voting.
Former Georgia Governor and current Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue introduced his cousin and told the crowd of “heroes” to “vote early.” He added that no one knows what the weather will be like in January in the mountains.
“David Perdue still stands by the strong conservative, free enterprise, capitalistic principles that called him to go to Washington,” the Former Governor remarked.
Each Perdue made it clear that they weren’t happy with the outcome of the General Election. Senator David Perdue expressed his strong support for the President. Reminding the audience, he was one of two senators who backed then-candidate Trump in 2016.
Perdue fell short of the 50 percent margin by approximately 7,000 votes in November, which pushed him into a runoff with Ossoff.
Georgia’s Senior Senator is optimistic about his chances:
“Well, we just won this election. In most states, other than one, we would have already been reelected. My margin of victory was two points; that’s more than a lot of Republicans that already got reelected this time in other states. So, I think that’s the best poll right now out there is what we had then.”
He commented that the Democrats didn’t receive more than 47.5 percent in the General Election. As long as the base turns out, Perdue believes they’ll be fine.
As for President Trump’s chances to overturn Georgia’s election, Perdue isn’t involved in that process as a federal official. It’s a state issue, and he’s focused on winning in January. Perdue and Loeffler did call for the resignation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger shortly after the November Election.
“I’m very concerned about the issues that are coming out that Stacey Abrams has perpetrated here over the last two years,” the Senator observed. “I have confidence that sooner or later we’re going to get to the bottom of it. What I’ve got to make sure of is we don’t have the same thing potential issues in January.”
Georgia early voting begins next week on December 14 until December 31, closed on holidays. Absentee voting has already started. According to reports, almost a million absentee ballots have already been requested.
ELLIJAY, Ga: Senator David Perdue (R) addressed his relationship with President Trump, voter turnout, and not debating Jon Ossoff on his bus tour through North Georgia.
Citing the earlier debates, Perdue didn’t see the necessity in rehashing the issues.
“I wanted to give him a chance to show Georgia what an empty suit he is,” Perdue explained, “How can someone lose a debate with himself? I mean, that is what we saw last night.”
The senator discussed his concerns about the “radical left agenda” moving forward if the Democrats win in January.
“We’ve held the line on Iran, and by removing ourselves from that JCPOA nuclear deal, we’ve now put tremendous pressure on Iran. We’ve stood up to China. We’ve got our trade deals moving. These are the things we can protect and hold the line against the radical leftist agenda the Democrats have put forward,” Perdue remarked.
He asserted the only way to protect the gains made is to “hold the line” against the Democrats.
As for President Trump, he’s instructed Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler to win their races.
“He has said ‘you’ve got to hold this Senate. We’ve got to win in January.’ He’s very disappointed that he hadn’t been able to get more of transparent accounting, if you will, of the signature absentee ballots, and so on and so forth,” Perdue stated.
Perdue pointed out that Loeffler and himself called for the resignation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger weeks ago. He asserted that Georgia never had election problems before 2019-2020, and the consent decree between Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and Stacey Abrams created this situation. Perdue asked for a “specific accounting of absentee ballots, relative to the validity of the signatures and the number of ballots versus envelopes.”
“We’re going to continue to make noise about,” Perdue affirmed. “If you look at the logic of saying ‘I’m upset about President Trump’s treatment or accounting of November 3, and therefore, I’m going to protest and not vote on January 5,’ what logic is that? That’s circular logic that basically gives the keys to the kingdom to the Democrats.”
Perdue will be in Union and Towns Counties on Tuesday, November 8.
“We won’t solve this debt crisis unless and until we fix our broken budget process”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the Senate passing a government funding agreement that also establishes a select committee to change its broken budget process:
“This funding agreement provides for our military to help recover from a decade of disinvestment but it also significantly adds to our national debt. We are past the tipping point in this debt crisis and it is costing us the ability to do the right thing. However, there is a silver lining in this plan. It finally establishes a select committee to address our broken budget process. Fixing the budget process alone will not solve our debt crisis, but we won’t solve this debt crisis unless and until we fix our broken budget process. This select committee is our opportunity to finally develop a process that works.”
Senator Perdue has been calling on Congress to change its budget process for years, and recently published an op-ed in The Hill about how this failed budget process will never work. Read the op-ed here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, and Pete Hegseth on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends about the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act and why it should be included in any solution to fix our country’s immigration problems.
Bipartisan Solution: “I applaud President Trump for reaching out. There is going to have to be a bipartisan solution to DACA. We all want a compassionate solution, but it must also include a fix to our archaic, 50-year old immigration system. That solution should include the RAISE Act. It eliminates chain migration and for once brings us merit based immigration.”
Historic Opportunity: “This is a national security issue. Parts of that border need a wall. There’s no question about it. President Trump said we are going to build a wall and we will build that wall. Let’s not miss this historic opportunity to fix this immigration system to better our economy.”
Securing America: “We’d love to have e-verify, the wall, security for the border, and the RAISE Act. These are things that conservatives in America really want. If you look at President Trump’s election last year, you can see that today.”
Broad Support: “The RAISE Act is extremely popular. Nearly three-fourths of Americans want some sort of reform of the immigration system to focus it on the worker and the immediate family.”
Top Priority For Americans: “This is an issue the American people want solved. Almost two-thirds of Americans believe this needs to be a merit-based immigration system just like the President has outlined. Tom Cotton and I have been working on this for months. It should be a bipartisan solution because the Democrats first had the idea in the 1990s.”
Breaking Through Gridlock: “Forget about partisan politics, the American people want to break through the gridlock and get this resolved. President Trump wants results.”
“Out of one of the darkest days in our country’s history came the spirit of American resolve and resilience.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:
“Even sixteen years after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, the stories of heroism and faith will not be forgotten. Out of one of the darkest days in our country’s history came the spirit of American resolve and resilience. These ruthless attacks meant to cripple us as a nation and shake our foundation only united us and made us stronger. Today, the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime. The terrorist attacks of September 11th are stern reminders that we must remain vigilant here at home by taking every precaution to protect the safety of all Americans. Today, we honor the over 3,000 victims and their families, as well as the thousands of brave men and women who continue fighting every day to defend our nation.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour and Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered about theSecure and Succeed Act, legislation he has co-sponsored that mirrors President Trump’s immigration framework which resolves DACA, strengthens border security, eliminates the visa lottery, and ends extended-family chain migration.
Click here to watch the PBS interview or click on the image below.
Growing Support: “We’ve had 30 years of debate on the immigration issue. Democrats and Republicans at various points in time actually supported the principles laid out by President Trump in this bill. There has actually been late-coming support for this proposal. Senator Alexander and Senator Isakson have endorsed this bill.”
President’s Support: “President Trump has endorsed this proposal. We’re hopeful others will see the framework the President laid out—and what we have in this bill—actually meets the needs the Democrats have been asking for.”
Ending Incentives: “Three or four of the principles President Trump is talking about have general agreement. There is room on both sides of the issue of family-based immigration for us to get the solution we are all looking for, to end the environment that incentivizes people to bring their young children here which created the DACA situation. This would also allow us to close loopholes that let terrorists use our immigration system against us.”
Common Solution: “President Trump has been very clear for a long time about his position. He wants a solution to the problem that caused the DACA situation and he wants the DACA situation resolved. He’s gone further than any Republican ever thought that he would. We support that and believe there is enough commonality in the Senate that if everyone looks at these different principles, we’ll be able to get to a common solution.”
Click here to listen to the NPR interview or click on the image below.
Permanent Solutions: “President Trump stepped in and said let’s resolve the DACA problem by giving these young people a pathway and certainty. He also said we don’t want to be back here in four or five years doing the same thing with another generation of people who were brought in illegally.”
Providing Certainty: “This is a very good solution for the DACA population. It also provides certainty for the future of our borders and fixes the archaic, 50-year old immigration system that has not served us economically or socially.”
Balanced Deal: “I’m an outsider, a business guy, and I’ve done big deals before. Deals that get done have to be symmetric. This deal is symmetric. When you look at the DACA solution and then a way to end the things that created it, this becomes a very balanced proposition.”
Getting Past Politics: “At different points in the past, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to each facet of our bill that’s before the Senate today. If Congress can put partisan politics aside, I think we’ve got a proposition that could get done. I think at the end of the day it will.”
Former GA Senator Saxby Chambliss has endorsed Karen Handel in the 6th District Congressional race. Chambliss chose to retire from US Senate in 2014. Many feel this was due to moderate votes and willingness to work with Democrats made him too vulnerable for re-election in 2014.
Senator David Perdue, who won Chambliss’ seat in 2014, has endorsed Dan Mooney for the 6th District Congressional race. During Perdue’s campaign he referred to himself as the true outsider in the race. Perdue early on supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Handel was one of Perdue’s opponents in the Senate race which Perdue ultimately went on to win. So, if Perdue is a conservative and Saxby was a moderate at best; you pick which candidate will go to D.C. and most emulate the Senator who endorsed them.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with General James Mattis, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense:
“General Mattis is a highly experienced and decorated military leader. He fully understands the principle of civilian control of the military, which is so important to our democracy. With his experience, I believe General Mattis is the right person given the challenges of our time. His decades of experience and strong leadership will be absolutely essential in helping America deal with its global security crisis. This crisis ranges from symmetric threats like Russia and China, and asymmetric threats like the global war on terrorism and ISIS. Today, we also face growing nuclear threats from rogue nations like Iran and North Korea, as well as hybrid warfare developments ranging from cybersecurity to the arms race in space.”
“Additionally, my home state of Georgia plays a strategic role in the defense of our country with nine military installations. I stand ready to work with General Mattis in making sure that we continue to fulfill our strategic requirements in Georgia and around the world. I strongly support his nomination, and I look forward to partnering with him as we deal with this global security crisis directly.”
Senator Perdue is scheduled to participate in General Mattis’ confirmation hearing on Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 AM. Watch LIVE via C-SPAN.