Michelle Nunn Running for Senate in Georgia
11:28 AM, Jul 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, will run for the Senate next year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
The AJC's Jim Galloway asked Nunn several questions about current policy issues, including Obamacare. The Democrat did not say she would support repealing the law, proposing to change it instead. "It's difficult for small businesses," Nunn told Galloway. "I think there are things that are not working with ACA [the Affordable Care Act]. That's something that needs to be changed."
Nunn also said she favors gay marriage on a personal level and agrees with the Supreme Court decision to leave decisions on same-sex marriage laws up to the states.
Nunn, who will be stepping down as the CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, is the first major Democrat to enter the race, and she joins a crowded field of Republican candidates. Congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston are running along with former secretary of state Karen Handel for the GOP nomination in what is expected to be a hotly contested race.
Handel, in an email to supporters, focused on Nunn's support for Barack Obama, who remains unpopular among Georgia's Republican and some white Democratic voters. Here's an excerpt:
The email included a photo of Nunn standing next to Obama.
But will attacking Nunn's relationship with the president help or hurt Republicans? In 2012, Mitt Romney won Georgia by fewer than eight percentage points, one of the lowest margins of victory among the states Romney won. The state remains solidly Republican (all of its statewide elected officials are Republicans), but demographic changes with the influx of Hispanics suggest Democrats may be able to compete statewide in the next few cycles.
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