Heading into the first weekend of the three-week runoff campaign, Republican gubernatorial hopefuls on Friday continued to spar over abortion rights and funding.
This time it was former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal on the defensive about a vote he made in 1993 that authorized $470 million in grants and contracts for family planning services. Deal, as well as Georgia Right to Life, a leading abortion rights opposition group, have been critical of Karen Handel over a vote she made while on Fulton County Commission that approved about $400,000 to go to Planned Parenthood.
Deal and Handel will face off on Aug. 10 in the Republican runoff.
Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said he was still researching the bill from 1993, which was first reported Friday by Erick Erickson on his conservative blog RedState.com. Erickson, who also founded popular Georgia Republican blog PeachPundit, is supporting Handel for governor.
But, Robinson acknowledged “there seems to be a vote here that sticks out from
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