They were split down the middle on Gov. Nathan Deal’s failing schools initiative: Johnson and McNeely opposed the constitutional amendment, which was rejected by voters, while Watson and Welsh supported it.
As for the top issue that the Georgia GOP has neglected to address, the answers ran the gamut:
Johnson: “Cultural issues of the entire leadership of the party.”
McNeely: “Financial stewardship.”
Watson: “The Georgia Republican Party has forgotten that it works for you.”
Welsh: “Embracing technology.”
They were then asked to give the Georgia GOP a letter grade for 2014, the year the party maintained control of all statewide offices and elected David Perdue to an open U.S. Senate seat.
And then a letter grade for 2016, when Trump notched a 5-point victory in Georgia and Sen. Johnny Isakson coasted to re-election:
Watson: “It’s called failing and going back a grade.”
Yowza. Watch the debate here: