He drew the line at raising taxes, sticking to the mantra that cutting government waste and withdrawing from international conflicts can raise the revenue needed for social programs and infrastructure improvements back home.
“I’m not for raising taxes. I’m for auditing the government, reducing our spending … There are plenty of areas of waste,” he said. “And meanwhile we need a new path in terms of foreign wars. Let’s face it. It’s doing nothing to make us safer, and basically, it’s cost us trillions of dollars.”
For Barksdale, who has already spent more than $1 million of his own fortune on the campaign, Thursday's press conference was an introduction of sorts. He's had few public events since joining the race in March, but pressure is mounting as a November contest looms against Isakson, a media savvy two-term incumbent favored to win.
Libertarian Allen Buckley, who hopes to peel off votes from disillusioned conservatives, is also in the November contest.
Read more about why Barksdale presents an unconventional challenge for Isakson here.