MARIETTA — After spending more than 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jack Kingston believes he’s prepared to represent Georgia as a U.S. senator.
“I think people are more focused on issues rather than just name ID and creating a following,” said Kingston. “It started with (seven) candidates; there was a lot of confusion over who’s who. Now, people want to get more in the weeds on where are you on this or that kind of issue. People invite the debate now, and that’s healthy.”
Kingston faces businessman David Perdue July 22 in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s open Senate seat. The winner faces Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, Nov. 4.
Kingston said he’s a soldier fighting for the conservative cause. In contrast, he said, Perdue never voted in a Republican primary before deciding to run for Senate.
“I don’t apologize for the fact that while I was fighting Obamacare, he sat on a board that said we needed a national solution for the uninsured,” Kingston said. “I don’t apologize for the fact that while I was fighting the stimulus bill — both Obama’s and Bush’s, I might add — he was taking stimulus money on the board of Alliant Energy. I don’t apologize for the fact that I’ve been fighting amnesty and he sat on the board of the National Retailers Association and said the Senate amnesty bill was a step in the right direction.”
Perdue has criticized Kingston’s endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying the group disagrees with him on amnesty and Common Core.