Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Disagrees With Trump Endorsement of Perdue

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Vernon Jones, one of the Republican candidates running to unseat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp respectfully disagreed with former President Trump. On Monday, David Perdue officially announced his gubernatorial campaign and by the end of the day even had an official endorsement from the former president. However, Jones says that he’s the only candidate that can defeat Democrat powerhouse Stacey Abrams who is also running for governor.

Fox News reports:

Asked what he would do if the former president backed Perdue, Jones said, “We’re in it to win it. I would appreciate President Trump’s endorsement. It’s important. But I also know that you can win this election with the endorsement of the people of Georgia. And that’s where my focus is.”

And he disagreed with Trump, saying, “I’m the only candidate that can hold the line with the Republican Party, have them enthused about coming out in record numbers, and at the same time be able to capture a significant part of the minority community, that are Democrats…and defeat Stacey Abrams.”

Jones repeatedly took aim at Perdue in the Fox News interview, charging that the former senator is “pulling a page from my message book to voters.”

Pointing to Perdue’s call to eliminate the state income tax, Jones said, “I’m very happy to see that he’s following my lead on eliminating the state income taxes.”

Perdue was first elected to the Senate in 2014 but ultimately lost his re-election battle to Democrat newcomer Jon Ossoff. Jones noted the loss during his interview asking if Perdue couldn’t defeat a “no-name” challenger like Ossoff how can he plan to defeat Abrams who is known across the country.



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