Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders – The Washington Post

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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders – The Washington Post

ATHENS, Ga. — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the “outsider” arguments they’ve used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

Their first targets: each other’s private sector experience.

Perdue was a journeyman corporate CEO; Nunn is a nonprofit executive on leave. Neither has held public office, making Georgia’s Senate race the only one in the country to feature two self-styled “outsiders” who now must find other distinctions to capitalize on voter discontent.

“I do think that our records are very different,” Nunn told reporters in Athens, a liberal enclave that is home to the University of Georgia.

Nunn, 47, is on a leave of absence as CEO of Republican former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light foundation, which coordinates various volunteer efforts.

“My record, obviously, is around building communities, lifting people up, trying to make a difference, working in collaboration with folks from the other side,” she said in offering a more muted version of earlier criticism from Perdue’s primary rivals who noted that he presided over layoffs and outsourcing.

Perdue, 64, downplayed Nunn’s resume as inferior to his.

“My issue isn’t so much how she ran that organization,” he said in a Wednesday interview. “It’s just that that leadership does not prepare you, in my mind, to deal with issues we have in a free-enterprise system. I want to focus on why my background is more appropriate to lead in the Senate in regard to bringing economic and free-enterprise solutions to fix the problems that we have with the economy today.”

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