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Perdue Attacks Kingston in New Ad (Video)

Perdue's new television ad attacks Kingston ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary. (Screenshot of ad)
Perdue's new television ad attacks Kingston ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary. (Screenshot of ad)

Georgia Senate hopeful David Perdue is up with a new ad attacking his Republican primary opponent Rep. Jack Kingston.  

“Jack Kingston’s been in Washington for more than 2 decades. But Georgia voters don’t want more big spending Washington experience,” the narrator says, as images of babies appear on the screen. One has a diaper bearing the name “Jack.” The ad accuses Kingston of backing “massive debt increases” and of supporting the “Cash for Clunkers” bill from the Obama administration.  

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The Perdue spot then shows an ad Kingston began running  last week in which he portrays Perdue as a whiny toddler greedily stuffing his face with cake. That ad accuses Perdue of having “chewed up businesses” he took over and claims, “8,000 jobs were lost.” The narrator calls Kingston “desperate” and said he did “[w]hat all politicians do: he lashed out falsely at David Perdue. The truth is, David Perdue has saved and created thousands of jobs. We don’t need more Washington. We need a conservative outsider.”  

The spot closes with Perdue approving the message and graphic declaring he is “The Outsider.”  

This new ad was provided to Roll Call by a Georgia source who saw it running on the ABC affiliate in Atlanta as of Friday afternoon. The Perdue campaign, which has not sent the spot to the press or posted it on YouTube, did not immediately respond to requests about to the size of the buy.

Perdue and Kingston are in a crowded Tuesday primary with three other major contenders. The seat is open because Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring at the end of this term. With so many candidates, the race will likely go to a July 22 runoff between the top two vote-getters. Recent polls have shown Perdue leading, with Kingston and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel jostling for second place. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn.

The race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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