Romney, Perdue make the case for a businessman in the Senate

AUGUSTA — This election has seen a battalion of political celebs visit Georgia. Two years after our state was little more than an ATM for national pols, we have seen presidential candidates past (Bill Clinton and John McCain), future (Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan) and maybe both (Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee).

But the most striking presence was that of the man to whom GOP Senate candidate David Perdue is most often compared: Mitt Romney.

The two men shared a stage here on Wednesday, one who ran directly against Barack Obama and one who is running now to keep Obama from having another Democratic vote in the Senate.

They also share the experience of having successful business careers, only to watch as their political foes picked apart — and, in some cases, grossly distorted — their private-sector records.

That’s the negative side of running for office with a business background, and it keeps a lot of businesspeople from winning. So what’s the upside? Why should voters weigh business experience as a positive? Romney and Perdue offered some reasons in a joint interview after the Augusta rally.

“If one of the challenges that we face, as we currently do,” Romney said, “is millions of people dropping out of the work force, it’s helpful to have some people who have actually been in … the private sector, who know why businesses fail, why businesses succeed, who have probably had some experience at both.

“That’s a meaningful input into the legislative process.”

Perdue said executive experience makes him well-suited to work in a consensus-driven legislative environment.

“People say, well, you’re a CEO, you’re used to getting your own way, you can’t make a difference in the Senate,” he recounted. “Well, that’s just not the case. In business, you have customers, employees, stockholders, bondholders, analysts, wives, husbands — I mean, everybody’s got an opinion, right? And everybody’s watching.

“But I think what you have to do is decide on a direction, get a consensus with a better idea than what you have going right now, and then … bring all your resources together, and move everybody toward the goal. And hold people accountable.

“That’s what’s not happening in Washington. There’s a lack of sense of urgency.”

Some of the political sniping at men like Romney and Perdue reflects misunderstanding — some of it plain disingenuousness — about the realities of competition. That, Romney suggested, is the main thing politicians who haven’t worked extensively in business don’t get about the economy.

“No states disappear, or cities disappear, because of competitors,” Romney noted. “And so some people who spent their entire life in the public sector don’t understand that America is competing right now” with other nations in education, technology and innovation.

“We must win those competitions,” he said, “if America is going to continue to have the leadership role we’ve long had, and have the prosperity and freedom we’ve come to expect.”

Unfortunately, Perdue added, “we’ve taken that for granted the last 30 years. The rest of the world is catching up.”

That reality doesn’t make for warm and fuzzy campaign ads about getting along with everyone. Which is precisely why Georgia needs a senator who gets it.

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notagain
notagain

from most indications the Repulicans will do well this election.That does not rob me of the fact I had some good honest,decent people to vote for.People I thought would do a good job,and not waste big money on litigation,and pay offs.

To those people I say you are a rarity.Thank You

ernestangelie
ernestangelie

Actually, most career politicians have turned out to be fantastic businessmen. Several studies have shown their investment portfolios have far outperformed what could be considered "normal." Take Lamar Alexander, GOP from Tennessee. Why, there's a career politician worth over $20 million. Could you amass a portfolio of that amount on a government salary without being just incredibly smart (or something)? Look at our own Nathan Deal. He went from being nearly bankrupt (and, strangely, not required to pay back any of the money borrowed on his, er, I mean his daughter's bankrupt sporting goods store) to a millionaire - all on a government salary. So, don't tell me we need businessmen in government. The GOP pols are either smarter, or luckier, than any businessmen I've ever met. 

lvg
lvg

100% guaranty that the deficit will not decrease once Repubs. take over. The only way to get it under control is to cut defense spending  and increase taxes. GOP will never do that . Of course cons could repeal Reagancare and eliminate free medical care for the poor and illegals at any ER.  Getting individuals to be responsible for their own medical bills by buying insurance is obviously not a Republican solution.


Love to see what Mr. business man proposes- cutting food stamps, Medicare, VA benefits, college loans,

and disability payments. Yeah that's sounds like solutions Perdue would favor.

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

I have no problem whatsoever with having a business-person as a Senator, however, I would object if that person had a documented history of out-sourcing thousands of American jobs overseas.  That's why I voted for Nunn last week.  She will be a great representative for our state in the Senate. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Always love it when the argument being made by some is an attack on someone else's closely-held beliefs."


CAP'EM OBVIOUS.......


Your beliefs become your thoughts.................I AM NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE 47% 
Your thoughts become your words................. I AM PROUD OF MY OUTSOURCING
Your words become your actions....................I AM PROUD OF SENDING JOBS TO CHINA 
Your actions become your habits....................MITT ROMNEY TELLS 533 LIES IN 30 WEEKS
Your habits become your values.....................GOD HATES A FALSE WITNESS WHO UTTER LIES. 
Your values become your destiny...................FATE IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE..

straker
straker

Captain Oblivious - "attackt on someone else's beliefs"


That is not what I asked.

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

Either way the American people were wise enough to elect Obama twice.


He holds the veto pen...The American people made sure of that.

straker
straker

Are all you fundamentalist cons here afraid that your "God of love" might just get fed up with all the conservative lies being told in this election period and might visit a Sodom and Gomorrah wrath on us?

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

@Captain-Obvious @straker But remember, they are the self proclaimed "Tolerant Ones"!!!  What a bunch of hypocrites.  But again...I sure hope they keep it up.  Sure does help the rest of the country see through their BS.

JamVet
JamVet

"Republicans wrecked the gov't last time they had a say."

Get ready for more of the same; i.e., more death, poverty and joblessness...

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat @HeadleyLamar Don't confuse him, he has the DNC talking point almost thoroughly memorized.  


He is lining up his excuses, tomorrow he will be telling us how the moderates aka RINO's won and therefor it was a repudiation of conservatism and the tea party, and did not reflect poorly on the extremist progressive ideology of Barry Obama.  Then it will be the weather, you know the weather that stops economic growth and keeps the Dems from getting out to vote.  He will have other excuses that no rational mind can comprehend today, but will seem rational to Headley tomorrow.







HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

@Captain-Obvious know the weather that stops economic growth


You do realize you were proven spectacularly wrong and IT WAS THE WEATHER that caused those awful 1Q numbers...you were just sure it was Obamacare.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@Captain-Obvious


Well heck if that were the case then he wouldn't have anything to offer. It was just the other day that Hedley remarked next door that the Republican party was dead. Kinda funny that a dead party is likely to retake the Senate and expand the number of members in the house. 

Renia
Renia

Businessmen in the Senate is a terrible idea. People are in business to make money for themselves and their partners. When the medical field began to mold themselves under the business model, that is when healthcare costs began to explode and care standards decreased. Business is all about profit. A business mind will always tackle issues from a business perspective, and not for the good of all.

This notion about small businesses will create all these jobs and move the economy is a lie. Government contracts given to small business is what create jobs. If the federal government is broke, guess what, fewer contracts and layoffs. Even the most lucrative and many fortune 500 companies would not be were they are today without government contracts.

You DO NOT need to have worked extensively in business to understand economics.  It is sickening to hear" I will create more jobs". Anybody can create a" job", a career is another ball game. That is the problem. Individuals  need to find a way to create their own job, if that is what is needed.

When will America invest more into education which leads to creativity to create more 21st century jobs and careers? Did Henry Ford look to the government?

Both parties talk out of both sides of the mouth. Today it is look to me the government to create a job. Tomorrow will be less government and we need to cut "big government".

Let just call them all schizophrenic.

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Republicans wrecked the gov't last time they had a say.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

“We have a choice between collaboration and between more partisan gridlock in Washington,” Nunn said. “And a choice of someone willing to serve all the people of this state and unite this country, and, oh yeah, of creating history.”


Unless it's Fox News.


Same old same old.

straker
straker

I Whine - "won't even talk to Fox news"


And that matters because?

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

If the Senate does go GOP and If I were Obama at my next press conference I would say this.


" My number one goal of my last two years is to make this just a two year GOP Senate "


And then I would follow up on that promise of obstruction just as the GOP has the previous 6



Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Not sure Perdue knows anything about working for consensus, either.  It is all demands BY him, FOR him!

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat @Wascatlady The same Fox News that interrupted the President 48 TIMES during an interview.


Other Presidents were not treated that way.


They probably weren't born in Kenya either LOL.. But no race has nothing to do with Obama..... Nothing to do with being asked to see his Birth Certificate...Nothing to do with him being heckled during the State of the Union...

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@Wascatlady  Did anyone else notice how Perdue's opponent, who goes around telling everyone how she's the best one to work with the other side, won't even talk to Fox News? 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

You don't vote democrat so you must be a racist or some other sort of bigot. According to the democrats, anyway. It has nothing to do with their policies or competence, both of which are in shambles. Think for a moment what a closed mind such thoughts would originate from. They can do nothing wrong and you are inherently evil.


Are these the people we want governing us?

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat You don't vote democrat so you must be a racist or some other sort of bigot


Not necessarily.. But the Georgia GOP isn't 95 percent white by accident either. 

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@HeadleyLamar


Going by your own logic Hedley near 95% of Southern black men voted for Obama. So clearly they are racist if darn near all of them voted for Obama. Just using your logic sir. 

JackClemens
JackClemens

Republicans got the Senate nomination right, and I'm voting for Perdue. Deal I cannot vote for, because of his shady dealings and cronyism.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

v@JackClemens yeah, I wish Nunn was running for Gov.  That wouldve been interesting.  But sending her to Senate, which means Reid stays in power, and the Big O's extreme nominations get a pass....that I can't do.

newsphile
newsphile

It's interesting to read FB posts from long-time Republicans.in our extremely red county.  Several are voting for Democrats for the first time ever.  GA Republican party must find ETHICAL, INTELLIGENT candidates who run for something and not against everything or some of us aren't coming back. 

JackClemens
JackClemens

@newsphile I live in the reddist of red communities, Dalton, and for the first time the roadside signs have more Democrats than Republicans. Probably means nothing more than a more motivated Democratic side in that form of campaigning, but it is different.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Nothing wrong with having a businessman.  Just needs to be an honest, pro-American, public servant businessman.  Which is NOT David Perdue.