Got questions for Saturday’s debate between Monds, Deal and Barnes?

AJC opinion writer Kyle Wingfield reports that he will be among the moderators Saturday at the first face-to-face debate featuring Democrat Roy Barnes, Libertarian John Monds and Republican Nathan Deal. The debate, sponsored by  the Medical Association of Georgia, is from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Centre near Cumberland Mall.

Wingfield said joining him will be John Bachman of Channel 2 Action News and Wendy Saltzman of WGCL-TV (CBS Atlanta). And if you have a question you want Wingfield to ask, he’s taking requests. Just click here.

Admission is free, although Cobb Energy Centre charges $5 for parking.

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43 comments Add your comment


August 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

Is the education of Georgia’s children important enough that you will direct funds to public schools rather than to fish ponds and to building expensive time share condos on Jekyll Island state Park?


August 26th, 2010
3:53 pm

Will the real deal show up this time ? ? ? ?????????????


August 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

Ask the candidates if they support limiting annual spending to keep up with population growth plus inflation and not one penny more.

News Nation

August 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

Deal or No Deal?

Roy 2010…the devil you know.

Janie Hopwood

August 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

ask them what type of loyalty oath they had to sign to run on their party’s ticket.


August 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

Why hasn’t Deal released his tax returns like Barnes did?

Was Karen Handel lying when she called Deal a “corrupt relic?”


August 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

Can’t the Deal campaign do better than trying to portray Roy Barnes as a gay Muslim alien?

Anibal Ibarra

August 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

No homeownership no funds for municipalities. Except of increase in taxes. Who are you going to tax? What are you going to do about it?

dan deloach

August 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Ask Deal if he has any contracts with State government that he hasn’t disclosed?


August 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

How important is it that the people hired to work for them are of good character, are honest, and of high integrity?


August 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

Nathan Deal’s website has this to say about ethics: “Throughout Nathan’s 17 years in the Congress he maintained a no gift policy for himself and his staff.” How does Mr. Deal justify claiming a “no gift policy” while benefitting from a no-bid contract paid for by Georgia voters?

Drew S

August 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

Mr. Barnes, when you left office many teachers were very angry and disappointed with your education policy. How can teachers trust that you aren’t just offering us empty words and promises you can’t fill?


August 26th, 2010
7:42 pm

Why is the best candidate only polling at 5%?

That guy

August 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

I know these little blurbs don’t take a whole lot of thought or time, but at least ask your headline writers to use correct grammar. Two parties = between. Three or more = among.


August 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

Deal is on record as being sympathetic to secession. As Governor would that be “on the table?” Where do the other two candidates stand on this issue?

Fake Name

August 26th, 2010
9:27 pm

Go John Monds!!


August 26th, 2010
9:41 pm

What would you three candidates do first to create a better chance for jobs coming to Georgia? Please let us hear from each one of you what is the most sensible thing a new governor could do that would really help the citizens of Georgia in finding a job!

Rafe Hollister

August 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

Reports are that California just approved rate hikes above 20% for medical insurance providers, Blue Cross, Etc. Now that the insurance companies are anticipating the effects of Healthcare reform, do you see similiar rate hikes in Georgia.


August 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

Mr. Barnes,

Your television ad claims that you have released 25 years worth of income tax returns. The implication is that Mr. Deal has something to hide since his returns are not public.

If his tax returns have been filed, and the IRS is satisfied, why aren’t you? To avoid any skepticism about the authenticity of your returns, would you authorize the IRS to publicize tax returns that it has on file for you?

And, would you support legislation to support required tax return disclosures from all political office holders in Georgia?

Rafe Hollister

August 26th, 2010
9:53 pm

Do you support repeal of the recently passed healthcare bill?

1 in 13 Adults

August 26th, 2010
9:59 pm

1 in 13 adults in Georgia is under some type of criminal justice supervision (probation, parole, jail or prison) – this is more than twice the national average, and WE LEAD THE NATION! The state budget for corrections is over $1.1 billion per year. Despite this exorbitant spending, prison recidivism rates have remained largely unchanged over time. Over 70% of those under correctional supervision admit they have a drug or alcohol problem. Research shows that strong community supervision programs, including substance abuse treatment, for lower-risk, non-violent offenders can cut recidivism by as much as 30 percent. What changes can you make that will save state dollars and lead us toward researched-based and sound correctional policies?

Rick Rude

August 26th, 2010
10:01 pm


How did your net worth go from 800k when you were gubenor to 10 million currently?


Why did use your power to force the state to do business with your salvage title company exclusively? Are you trying to catch up with Roy’s net worth?

In other words, why are you both crooks?


August 26th, 2010
10:54 pm

Which of you is willing to call out the National Guard to fight the Corps of Engineers, Alabama and Florida over our water in Lake Lanier? Seriously, are we going to have water in Gwinnett county after 2012? I really need to know.

People want to know you

August 26th, 2010
11:34 pm

Mr. Barnes,

Can you tell me about what you think the qualities of a good man is. Young people need role models. So many of them are from broken homes and don’t have a strong male presence. Also, can you tell me about any flaws that you have.

Thank you

Billy in Savannah

August 27th, 2010
5:39 am

The State Health Benefit Plan for state employees and public school teachers have both been underfunded for several years under this administration resulting in increased premiums to the active employees and retirees. Benefits have also been reduced and there has been no increase in pay to compensate. These public servants were promised these benefits when hired. What are the candidates’ position on the priority of adequately funding this important benefit for our public servants?

Fire Eater

August 27th, 2010
7:49 am

For all candidates:

Where do you stand on the re-establishment of Milton county?

Evander Holyfield

August 27th, 2010
8:41 am

I would like to ask the question, which one of them is going to suspend work on the I-85 HOV toll lane ? Taxpayers have already paid for it once , and now taxpayers are going to pay for something that, in the end, they are going to pay to use ?


August 27th, 2010
8:42 am

Mr. Deal,
Why did you use homosexuals as a wedge between you and Karen Handel? What is wrong with homosexuals? They are taxpayers and law abiding citizens who should have equal treatment and not be used as a scapegoat to get votes.


August 27th, 2010
8:47 am

To all candidates: What will you do to balance the state’s budget without furloughing state employees? We are tired of taking the heat for the rest of the state!

Pickin Cotton

August 27th, 2010
8:57 am

To Barnes: Will you provide a list of all LLC’s of which you and/or your wife are a member to include any businesses, business parks, properties owned, residential, commercial and industrial properties, If not, why?


August 27th, 2010
9:18 am

@Billy in savannah: plenty of people were hired at private companies and told that they had certain benefits. And in this economy – plenty of those people have had them reduced or eliminated. Why are ‘public’ employees different?
Oh, and many of those people at private companies have also lost their jobs. People working for the government typically don’t have to worry about that.


August 27th, 2010
9:28 am

Ask Barnes if he is elected, how will he get any legislation passed in a Republican House and Senate. Do Voters understand that he will be not be able to get any laws passed unless he works with the Republicans? Why should we vote for a candidate that we have already fired once?

Morning Sun

August 27th, 2010
9:47 am

I remember numerous stories in the AJC about this topic.

To Barnes:

Under your reign as Governor,

Did authority members and executive management of the Georgia Ports Authority spend thousands (excessive spending) of state funds for hotels, dinners, fine wines?

Did an upper level senior staff member use state funds for a personal vacation (stay at the Pierre Hotel in NY)?

Did you FIRE or TERMINATE any authority members or senior level staff members for abusing state funds or simply implement new policies without holding anyone accountable for their actions?

If not, WHY? Do you Condone this type of behavior?

Dedicated Teacher

August 27th, 2010
11:41 am

To both Candidates:

Last session State Senator Judson Hill (R) proposed SB 240 which attempted to alter the function of the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia. Why do you think this bill was attempted when GA’s TRS is one of the best funded in the country? And, would you support any changes to the TRSGA?


August 27th, 2010
11:45 am

As a “Smart Ass White Boy” according to Andrew Young, we Whites need to start standing up to all of these corrupt black racist democratic politicians. The City of Atlanta under the control by corrupt black politicians for over 30 years need to be suied for their openly civil right abuses aganist Whites in Atlanta. Just go downtown to City Hall and take a look at the number of blacks that work there vs whites. And take a look at all of the department heads and see for yourself. Mayor,CEO,CFO,Police Chief, and now new Airport Director. Almost all of them are black. If this was reverse the libs and the media would be crying out loud “RACISM”. Mayor Reed is a racist idiot. In his bio during the election he noted his greatest achievement was taking down this “Damn Confereral Flag” from the state capital. These democrat liberal racist blacks running Atlanta are nothing more than liars,idiots,racist, and corrupt period. Atlanta as blacks call it the ATL you know like mickyDs. Ebonics. Atlanta should be for all not just a “Black City” as black groups advertize it. Want to debate these facts?


August 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Why would you elect just another lying corrupt progressive peverted democrat that has said he “Fully” supports obamacare and the other policies of Obama. This dog don’t hunt. Barnes is a extention of a obama democrat. Thats why ALL of the blacks support Barnes. Do you ever wonder how come it’s O.K. for blacks to vote for only blacks but if whites do this it is called racism? Examples Obama and Reed. Remember what the black Clark University Professors said during the election “Don’t let Whitey Win”. and the black newspapers and their support groups said “We can’t let the major’s office go to a White”. I’m tired of this crap by you black racist. You want equal rights only for yourself. You have NO honesty or Shame.

Billy in Savannah

August 27th, 2010
11:59 am

Dear atlmom, Thanks for your comment. You should realize the public employees accepted lower salaries in most instances than would have been available in the private sector. The state used the excellent benefit package that was once offered in order to keep these professionals. Many citizens do not realize this. When they do, they understand the position of teachers, state employees and retirees. I should add many state employees and teachers have also lost their jobs and many are furloughed (even state bank examiners have been reduced and the one’s left are furloughed in these most perilous times). Picking on our public employees has always been a most convenient target. Yet, fish ponds are built and stocked at state expense and tax cuts for the wealthy are enacted. The poor continue to vote for this bunch because of social issues that, in reality, I do not believe the Republicans care anything about. They just use it. I am reminded of the saying some time back, ”
what would Jesus do?”


August 27th, 2010
1:52 pm

I am an idiot, sport

Uncle jessie

August 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

Roy, Why you never been down to the Redneck Games in East Dublin-Hazzard County? Daisy wer a tellin me thars a lot o Good Ole Boys what wants to catch up with you and ask you a few questions. Possum Hollow Fair out in Dexter will be Sept 24 & 25 it will be almost as good. Come on down eat some Possum Stew and listen to whats they got to say. Yee Haw!!!


August 27th, 2010
6:10 pm

For Deal: Why did you decide to waste taxpayer dollars having troopers cart you to campaign events around the state instead of using your campaign dollars (like Barnes is)?


August 28th, 2010
2:17 am

For Nathan Deal: Why haven’t you released your income tax records and thereby put to rest the legitimate request for you to do so (like Roy Barnes did)? What does you’re “working on it” mean?

Betty Mason

August 28th, 2010
10:03 am

Our state and country have been plagued with Politicians that are self serving for many years. What in your past proves that you are not running for office for a personal financial gain through commercial connections? What act of complete unselfishness have you accomplished “for the people”, excluding your family or friends?


August 31st, 2010
10:09 pm

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