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Gov. Palin campaigns for Karen Handel in Georgia Senate race

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 4, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last night:

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Great to be back in Georgia today! Thank you, South Fulton County Women’s GOP, for your sweet southern hospitality as we swung in to your beautiful state to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel. She’s a superb commonsense conservative who’s willing and able to serve for all the right reasons! Tomorrow I’ll post Karen’s speech from today’s luncheon which should inspire you to get enthusiastically involved and fight hard for her and other selfless Americans offering to work for us in public office. We should be so thankful she’s willing to go to Washington to shake up the status quo. Please click the link below and help send Karen to fight for all of us as the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Georgia!

Here is a video from the event:

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Retrieved from Karen Handel (h/tp Kal at Palin’s Army Blog
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Handel is running to replace Senator Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring this year.  Christina Cassidy at OnlineAthens writes of yesterday’s event:

Sarah Palin campaigns for Karen Handel in Georgia Senate race

Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, center, speaks at a county women's group meeting to campaign for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Karen Handel, right, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Union City, Ga. Palin is riding to the defense of the only Republican woman in the nomination fight for Georgia's open Senate seat, hitting back against GOP rival David Perdue's apparent dismissal of Karen Handel's high school education. (AP Photo/David Goldman)<br /><br />

UNION CITY | The hotly contested Senate race in Georgia was all about the political power of women Thursday, with Sarah Palin defending GOP hopeful Karen Handel against dismissive remarks by a male rival and Handel arguing that she’d nullify any Republican war-on-women talk by Democrats in the high-stakes November election.

“I would really love to see (Democratic hopeful) Michelle Nunn drop the ‘war on women’ on me,” Handel said to big applause at a luncheon with Palin for a county Republican women’s group. Handel gained notoriety as the former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive at the center of a public outcry over the breast cancer charity’s decision, later reversed, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

But Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, has so far steered clear of the theme that proved effective for Democrats in 2012. In her first ad, released Thursday, Nunn instead appealed to Georgia’s independent voters by touting her leadership in the nonprofit Points of Light Foundation and mentioned its inspiration, President George H. W. Bush, by name.

Palin and Handel saved more of their ire for Republican rival David Perdue, a top candidate in the crowded GOP field who apparently put down Handel’s qualifications during remarks captured on video.

In the footage, the former Dollar General CEO discusses the economy and the federal deficit and notes Handel’s lack of a college degree. “There’s a high school graduate in this race, OK?” he says. “I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex.”

Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, former Alaska governor and GOP star, leapt to Handel’s defense.

“She pulled herself up. Nothing was handed to her on a platter, fed to her on a silver spoon,” Palin said of Handel during a campaign event Thursday. “For those who would criticize and mock that, it really makes me question their judgment.”

Handel, a former secretary of state, has said she left an abusive home as a teen and has used a message of overcoming obstacles as a key element of her campaigns. With Palin looking on, Handel took issue with Perdue’s comments.

“Some in this race think the problems in Washington are a little too complex for a gal like me,” Handel said. “I’m here to tell you that solving the problems in Washington is going to take guts and resolve.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the video in which Perdue appears to dismiss Handel’s education. His campaign spokesman said Thursday, “David was simply making the case that, based on experience, he is the best person in this race to help get our economy back on track so that we can start paying down the massive federal debt.”

The Georgia primary scramble for both parties isn’t until May 20. Seven Republicans and four Democrats are seeking their parties’ nominations.

Thursday’s early maneuvering reflects the political clout of women in Georgia and across the nation.

Female voters are always a key demographic and will remain so in the 2014 midterm elections. Every House seat and 36 in the Senate will be on the ballots and Republicans need gain only six seats in the Senate to win the majority.

Georgia’s open Senate seat is among the country’s most fiercely competitive, with female voters playing a key role.

According to the Georgia secretary of state, far more women voted in the last two elections than men. In 2012, 2.1 million women voted compared with 1.6 million men, and in 2010, 1.4 million women voted compared with 1.1 million men.

[…]But Handel has struggled to raise money to compete with the other GOP candidates. Her campaign said Thursday it had raised $100,000 since Palin announced the endorsement last week.

Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, and Kingston have been the money leaders while Gingrey has substantial funds from his prior congressional campaigns. Broun has been drawing support from conservative organizations, but he also trails in fundraising. Both Perdue and Kingston have been airing TV ads, and Perdue appears to be gaining momentum based on early polls.

Perdue launched another TV ad Thursday, emphasizing his “outside perspective” and “over 40 years of experience in the real world.”

Republicans Art Gardner and Derrick Grayson are also running. On the Democratic side, Nunn is competing against Democrats Steen Miles, Branko “Rad” Radulovacki and Todd Anthony Robinson.

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