News 12 First at Five/ August 13, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga.--Two candidates for United States Senate were both in Augusta Tuesday. Republican Congressman Jack Kingston as well as democrat Michelle Nunn are two of the nine candidates who have entered the race since Senator Saxby Chambliss decided not to run for re-election.
U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston says,"I think the Senate is where the battleground for America is right now, and I'd like to use my experience to try to help change things."
Michelle Nunn said, "As I've gone around the state talking to people, I've heard time and time again that we need a different set of ingredients in Washington."
That's just part of the reason each candidate is in the race.
Congressman Kingston has served as a U.S. Representative for the 1st district of Georgia for the past 20 years. Before that, he served as a State Representative, sold insurance, and worked in agribusiness. He's vying for the republican nomination.
He says, "I think some politicians get to Washington and get too big for their britches and forget who sent them there. I've always had a real strong line in the sand. I've never joined the club up there, I come home every weekend I've never forgot who sent me up there," he says.
And then there's democrat Michelle Nunn who was also in town today. She doesn't have a political background, but her father is former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. She says the state is looking for a new answer, and her background as CEO of a non profit will help her in Washington.
"I think if we have more of the same, we'll get more of the same, so I think that my experience in making decisions and solving problems in growing an organization is exactly what we need in Washington," she said.
With a lot of hot button issues from healthcare to jobs to sequestration, we asked the candidates what they think is the most important issue affecting the
Kingston says, "Jobs and the regulatory overreach which is killing businesses ability to grow and to create jobs."
Nunn says, "The fiscal deficit and making sure we safeguard the future of our children and grandchildren."
Two candidates, both trying to stand out in what's already become a crowded race. Right now, there are nine candidates officially running for the seat. Seven republicans and two democrats.
We'll be on your side throughout the campaign, with profiles of the candidates.