David Perdue goes after Barack Obama, but Michelle Nunn targets Perdue

More coming later, but here's a first word on the U.S. Senate confrontation between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, from our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

MACON — Michelle Nunn and David Perdue shared the stage together Thursday for the first time in their general election battle for the U.S. Senate, and both were itching for a fight.

But while Nunn, the Democratic hopeful, targeted Perdue, the Republican candidate focused his fire on President Barack Obama.

The forum, at the Marriott City Center here, was sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the questions from the audience reflected Chamber members' interests.

Moderated by former WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt, topics covered healthcare, immigration, transportation and the military.

On nearly every topic, Nunn turned her answer toward Perdue, slamming him for "embracing" gridlock and conflict in Washington rather than working for solutions. Perdue, meanwhile, might not have even uttered Nunn's name, and instead was focused sharply on Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"I've been very clear about my priorities this entire campaign," Perdue said, adding that Obamacare must be repealed. "We have to get serious about this outrageous spending."

Nunn, however, even in her opening statement, questioned Perdue's strategy.

She said Georgia should elect her to "send someone to Washington to focus on partnership and getting things done. That’s not what I’ve heard from David."

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.