Candidates clash in Saturday debate double-header

The first of two debates Saturday in the race for governor is in the books, and while punches continued to be thrown, little new ground was broken.

Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds met in a live televised debate on Channel 2 Action News at 12:30 p.m. They’ll gather again at Fox 5 at 5 p.m. Both debates are a prelude to the final face-off Sunday evening live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In the first round today, Deal decried what he called Barnes’ negative campaign and proceeded to land several jabs of his own. Barnes, meanwhile, replied that Deal and the Republican campaign against him has been as negative, if not more. Monds, meanwhile, said he’s the only candidate trying to keep the focus on issues facing Georgians.

Meanwhile, when the subject turned to those issues, Deal and Barnes both promised to work to protect the HOPE scholarship program, and the state-funded Pre-K program, both of which are funded by lottery accounts that are showing signs of stress.

Both Deal and Barnes said they favor keeping the current merit-based HOPE awards rather than moving to need-based scholarships.

“I think we need to keep it merit-based,” Deal said. “It’s worked very well in that regard.”

But, he said, he realizes there are concerns that lottery money for scholarships is running low.

“Do I think we’re going to have to be very careful?” he said. “Certainly.”

Barnes said if it becomes necessary, he would favor using tax dollars to keep lottery programs afloat.

“If we have, if we have to, we ought to go to the general fund to keep HOPE and Pre-K alive,” he said.

But Monds was less enthusiastic about lottery programs and said students who need help paying for college ought to have access to jobs to earn the money.

“If they fall short on being able to afford college, they should be able to find a job and pay the cost of their own education,” Monds said.

The next governor will also be in office when the General Assembly redraws district lines for all seats in the House, Senate and Congress. Barnes has said he favors creating an independent commission to handle reapportionment, and answered criticisms of how he influenced that process when he was previously governor  from 1999 to 2003. Barnes has b een accused of “strong-arming” the process to benefit Democrats.

“There are plenty of sinners on reapportionment,” Barnes said noting that Republicans redrew districts under Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2005. “Both sides have sinned on this.”

But Deal rejected the idea of an outside commission redrawing the lines.

“I think we have a commission,” he said. “It’s made up of the House and Senate. Those are the ones we traditionally use. I will not be a governor who strong-arms the General Assembly.”

Monds, too, said a commission isn’t necessary.

“We stick with the Legislature,” he said, adding that any independent commission would still come under political pressures.

The candidates turned on each other when allowed to question each other. Barnes asked Deal why a company he is part-owner of was several years late in paying nearly $400,000 in sales taxes on the airplane he’s using in his campaign, and why a tax lien shows the company currently still owes about $4,000.

“There you go again,” Deal said. “The sales taxes have all been paid.”

But Barnes was undeterred.

“If we had to depend on Mr. Deal’s payment of taxes we couldn’t run the state,” he said. “If you can’t pay your own taxes,  how can you expect to run a state effectively, efficiently and with honor and integrity?”

Deal questioned Barnes’ representation of a woman who sued the state in a failed attempt to overturn Georgia’s Voter ID law, saying it cost the state millions to defend the program. Barnes said he was representing a blind woman who was told she had to have a driver’s license to vote, noting that blind people don’t typically drive.

“She offered to sign an affidavit” swearing as to her identity, Barnes said. “We put people to death on sworn testimony all the time. And yet, that was not good enough.”

Deal said while the case was “sympathetic,” the law “is not aimed at those individuals, and this was a case where she had no standing to challenge it. The real issue here is are we trying to create an environment where people who cannot show us who they are, whether they’re citizens of this country are going to be entitled to vote in this country.”

In the next round, Barnes asked Deal to defend his votes while serving in the U.S. House against legislation aimed at requiring equal pay for women who do the same work as men.

Deal said the bills “were a trial lawyers dream. It wasn’t about equal pay. It was about being able to give a trial lawyer such as Mr. Barnes the right to go in and sue small businesses over a federate statute.”

But, Barnes said, “you’re either for equal pay for equal work or not.”

During questioning from the panelists, Deal was asked if he would put his personal finances and assets into a blind trust, as Barnes did when he was governor. Deal said he “absolutely” would, and said he is in the process of dealing with his own precarious financial situation. Deal faces a $2 million loan coming due in February, a debt related to the failure of a sporting goods store opened by his daugther and son-in-law.

“I have just liquidated a substantial portion of [assets] in just the last few weeks,” Deal said. “I have a contract on a sale of a building where the business is located. The rest is being financed.”

69 comments Add your comment

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
2:56 pm

Deal calmly and absolutely destroyed a desperately shrill Barnes in the debate.

It was hilarious how Barnes tried to push the idea of an “independent” commission for the next redistricting, when Barnes strong-armed the current fiasco. Even Monds backed Deal who says he will not act like Barnes did (and was rightfully, soundly evicted by the disgusted electorate).

Barnes had to agree to the Arizona type illegal immigration law being considered by Georgia EVEN WITH a supposed impact on agriculture. Deal went on to point out that the guest worker program for agriculture dies because Democrats always tack on amnesty for illegal immigrants (so they can vote for Democrats).

Barnes had to close disavowing Obama. It was pitiful – but just desserts for King Rat Roy.

rukidding

October 30th, 2010
3:04 pm

In the financial position that Deal is in how can he refinance anything. I’m sure he’s getting another sweet heart deal. Where did he get the $400,000 to pay the taxes in May? Isn’t he broke?

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
3:14 pm

Geez. The AJC reporter and or/his editor left out the Arizona law discussion and how Barnes used his closing argument about how he kept clear of Obama during the campaign. Gross leftist bias – but absolutely expected.

The old saw from posters pretending Deal is bankrupt/broke hasn’t worked. Deal has assets he is liquidating and borrowing against to pay off a debt of his son-in-laws. Claiming he is a crook and bankrupt are obviously at odds – but when your candidate is worthless, all you can do is attack his opponent.

Deal will be elected Governor on Tuesday, and will be around for 8 years just like the popular Governor Perdue who the ultra partisans like the AJC hate. Get used to it.

Ernesto

October 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

It’s sad to see the state of Georgia to elect a corrupt man such as Nathan Deal. He’s not qualified for the job. We will be once again a laughing stock of the rest of the states. Even Karen agrees that Nathan is just one corrupt congressman. Georgia, let not make the this mistake and let’s not let Nathan drive our state down the drain.

uno

October 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

The only Georgians who benefit should Deal become Governor are all named Deal.

who cares

October 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

that is the question, they are both redneck hicks

Aaron Gould Sheinin

October 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

Ralph, I can always count on you. Thanks for not letting me down.

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

Any time, Aaron. It has been fun calling out your and the rest of the AJC bias.

And while I’m at it – Ernesto, Karen Handel ENDORSED Deal.

Mark

October 30th, 2010
3:43 pm

Roybama is dog meat

When Hell Freezes Over

October 30th, 2010
3:49 pm

Aaron Gould Sheinin:

“Geez. The AJC reporter and or/his editor left out the Arizona law discussion and how Barnes used his closing argument about how he kept clear of Obama during the campaign. Gross leftist bias – but absolutely expected.”

Since I didn’t see the debate, the points Ralph mentioned would have been informative. Why weren’t those topics reported?

Mind of my own

October 30th, 2010
3:53 pm

If this clown Deal had the (D) next to his name the Conservatives would be ripping him a new one, but hypocrites will be hypocrites. Maybe there will be a sermon in church about that tomorrow, pay attention!

J

October 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

Another four years of Sonny and even more pay out of my pocket, great!

Furloughed

October 30th, 2010
3:58 pm

What do you expect from Republicans, they thought Bush was a genius?

just me

October 30th, 2010
4:03 pm

No, Karen Handel said she would support the Republican ticket. She NEVER said she supported Deal. She knows he is crooked. It is amazing that Deal is noted as the most corrupt member of Congress and nobody seems to care.

Mike

October 30th, 2010
4:04 pm

Ralph,

Why did congressman Deal give up his more than $100,000.00 a year job before he had too. We, and you, know he needed it to pay his taxes and debts. We know it was to keep from going to jail. I’m sure you don’t. It appears that your blinded by the R, and thats bad because your willing to allow our state to be destroyed by a party instead of doing what is right and vote for truth and ability.

J

October 30th, 2010
4:10 pm

But Mike, Jesus is a Republican!

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
4:14 pm

For those who follow the parsed words of the AJC where they’d like to think Handel did not endorse Deal when she endorsed the entire Republican ticket – read it and weep:

http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=231399

don

October 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

Why did the article cover more of what Monds said? Of our choices he is by far the best. Is anyone happy with either of the other 2??

don

October 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

Why didn’t the article cover more of what Monds said? Of our choices he is by far the best. Is anyone happy with either of the other 2??

Sorry, I missed part of the last one.

VoteCandidateNotParty

October 30th, 2010
4:24 pm

I hope that Georgian’s anger about who is in the White House does not allow them to vote for an obviously corrupt candidate. He doesn’t care about the citizens just himself and those who can benefit him.

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
4:27 pm

Why are dozens of Democrat Congressmen going to resign even if not defeated after Tuesday’s election? Because minority members have better prospects like Nathan Deal had, and they aren’t even being hounded by a partisan investigation. Deal knew he was going to be a front runner for the Georgia governorship. He didn’t know that he would be covering his son-in-law’s bankruptcy.

OldTimer

October 30th, 2010
4:32 pm

Deal is a disgrace, he’s the baby his momma didn’t want to have.

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
4:53 pm

Deal’s last commercial sums up the campaign pretty well – especially when he says King Rat Roy tried to undermine Deal’s integrity for his political ambition, but “that’s just Roy”. (Add the AJC).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FTgCPut5wU&feature=player_embedded#!

greg best

October 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

Ralph…why can’t you get Deal to release all his tax return information? A lot of folks would love to know how to only pay 1% in taxes on gross income of $599K.

Allie F.

October 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

I will agree that neither candidate is perfect, but Roy Barnes – again? I think not. The man is a totaly disgrace, destroyed Georgia his first go round, now he “walks on water”?

The problem with Georgia is the same as DC; the same old political garbage is running the show. Where are the challengers to John Lewis? Where is there ANY leadership in this state that represents the constituents and not the politician and self-interest. Sad, sad, sad. And, add the biased AJC and myopic, stupid ABC, means the citizens of Atlanta get no true critical assessment of the front runners. Just more of the same – biased, racist coverage.

Atlanta will never be a top-tier city until all the garbage is finally taken to the dump and we get real leadership with true ideas backed by proven management skills and accomplishments. Sadly, the majority of Atlantans (and Georgians) vote based on race and political ideology rather than the best individual for the job.

Vince

October 30th, 2010
5:17 pm

Georgians fired Deal for several reasons:

1. He flat out lied to teachers in order to get their endorsement and votes. He tried to shove several terrible ideas down the throats of educators. When educators tried to voice concerns he insulted them.

2. He changed the flag in a very sneaky way. Many people thought changing the flag was a good idea, but to completely circumvent the political process to do so was infuriating.

3. Barnes was horridly insulting and partisan in redistricting. Remember how he was determined to pit Republicans against each other while preserving the districts of Democrats? Remember how he wanted to punish Gwinnett by taking bits and pieces of it and putting them with heavily Democratic areas? Remember how even Democrats, the US Justice Department and the AJC were aghast at his antics?

How can any Georgian who lived here 1998 – 2002 even think about voting for Barnes??

Danny Bee

October 30th, 2010
5:18 pm

I liked the debate in the state capitol on 11.
It was more interesting.

David from L'Ville

October 30th, 2010
5:27 pm

Did Nathan Deal resign from Congress to avoid being investigated for ethics violations?

Vince

October 30th, 2010
5:29 pm

@ David…

It’s possible. Only he knows. My take on the race is I would rather go with a possible ethics violator than someone who already proved to be the worst, most divisive governor in modern history.

Katherine

October 30th, 2010
5:34 pm

Both Deal and Barnes are absolutely horrible. Why vote for the best of the two worst and instead vote for Monds? It’s the only way to stop the ridiculous Dem vs Rep BS. Monds has my vote.

Republicans Make Me Sick

October 30th, 2010
5:34 pm

How can Nathan Deal get anything financed the shape his finances are in? The amount of money he already owes? Yet some guy needs a loan to get a car so he can get to work – thanks to Jill Chambers and her dislike for MARTA and he can’t get one and is forced to go to a car lot that finances what they buy and pay outrageous interest rates? How anyone could vote for this crook is beyond me – I can’t understand it all. Oh well – two kinds of Republicans – millionaires and suckers.

Cutty

October 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

Republicans: Conservative when it comes to abortion, liberal when it comes to spending.

Deal couldn’t get any regular job because he won’t pass a credit check, but the same folks who claim to have integrity and despise democrats for their philosophies will vote for him anyway.

Sonny The Thief

October 30th, 2010
5:41 pm

Nathan, call me after you become governor and I’ll show you how to lie, cheat and steal as a state politician. They will never catch you in Georgia, like they caught you in Washington. People here are not as intelligent, something to do with a Georgia High School Education. Nate, you will also get re-elected by just spewing out a bunch of rhetoric with no platform of your own.By then, as with me, you will be filthy rich and laughing all the way to the bank.

Cutty

October 30th, 2010
5:42 pm

So Vince is saying Sonny is a better guv’nah than Roy. You can dislike the man, but to make such an asinine statement just shows why people think republicans are delusional.

Ralph

October 30th, 2010
5:46 pm

I think it is the electorate that has said Sonny is a better governor than King Rat Roy. Sonny got two terms, King Rat Roy didn’t – and is about to lose AGAIN.

Katherine

October 30th, 2010
5:54 pm

Both Barnes and Deal are absolutely HORRIBLE! Monds has my vote.

Lynn43

October 30th, 2010
5:56 pm

I don’t have any idea why we are having this discussion. At this point everyone has either already voted or made up their minds which way they will vote even if they don’t admit it to pollsters. I understand that not everyone thinks the same as I do, and I respect all of you enough not to call you names, lie about facts, or be crude about your choices. I certainly expect the same from you.

14daroad

October 30th, 2010
6:03 pm

Hey Don,
Dems are pressuring their media voices like the AJC to keep quiet on Monds because he is the only Black Man running for governor. They know tha just like Hussein Obama, many blacks will vote for Monds for the obviously racist reason. I’m wondering way the opposition isn’t letting people know that Monds is president of the obviously racists organization NAACP in his county chapter

catlady

October 30th, 2010
6:15 pm

Who loaned Nathan money lately, or who bought his “property” and for how much? We need specific details about these “liquidations” Deal has recently accomplished. C’,on, Repubs, if your “boy” is so golden and misunderstood, have him release this information with corroborating receipts!

catlady

October 30th, 2010
6:20 pm

How about the Repubs who decry those who get to vote but “pay no taxes”? Yet Deal has paid virtually no taxes for 2 years and deserves to be GOVERNOR!!?? Why should he even be allowed to VOTE according to the Republican/Teaparty mantra?

Vince

October 30th, 2010
6:26 pm

@ Cutty…

Sonny has been a MUCH better governor than Roy was. That’s why he won two terms.

PS. I’m not a Republican. I’m an Independent. Voting for Heckman (Dem) for Congress.

Vince

October 30th, 2010
6:27 pm

@Catlady…

Regardless of what Deal has or has not done, how as an educator, could you even let the possibility of voting for Barnes enter your mind?????

Real Vince

October 30th, 2010
6:31 pm

Yeah, I like how the sales tax holiday died, as well as the elimination of the Homestead Exemption.

whocares

October 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

Hey Ralph if you really think Perdue was popular than think again, he is only popular with Republicans and those that bleed this state. John Gotti was at one point popular with the Mob too!! haha. Kim Jong Il of North Korea is worshipped like a God over there but the rest of the world really knows what the “Real Deal” is while the North Koreans live in hell!

CJ

October 30th, 2010
6:36 pm

Deal would make the state of Georgia the laughing stock of the US. Businesses he might court would look at his personal finances and immediately distrust him. They would look at his distinction as one of the fifteen most corrupt congressmen and run away. If he cant manage millions of his own dollars… A gift and blessing most Georgians will only dream of… Then why would anyone trust him with our State’s financial affairs?

Use your brain: vote for Roy Barnes.

Sonny The Thief

October 30th, 2010
7:37 pm

Hey Nate, once you win, have your flunkies change laws to avoid paying taxes, like I did.

tdawg money

October 30th, 2010
8:09 pm

WE can spin and argue each other’s integrity, but one thing absolutely cannot be debated……Barnes is an Ambulance Chasing lawyer….the slimiest of all professions. He would sue his Moma just to line his own pockets.

Mike

October 30th, 2010
8:41 pm

tdawg money

At least he worked for his money and has not failed to disclose where it came from.
DEAL has sucked us taxpayers dry for how many years. Also, he wont even disclose how bad he screwed us. But since you go by the last name money, I guess thats why you don’t care.

Calhoun

October 30th, 2010
9:18 pm

To: just me, CJ, Ernesto, and others of like mind,

A few days ago, blogger “Ga Values” posted a “list” of most corrupt members of Congress in the AJC Insider twice (at least). Sounds official, doesn’t it? Think again. I answered him (or her) then, and can’t let it go without answering again to those above. This lie and distortion about Nathan Deal’s being one of the 10, 15, 20 (you pick a number) most corrupt members of Congress continues to float around and is espoused by the uninformed, ignorant, and biased citizens of this state , as well as by Barnesites who are told what to do by Barnes’ campaign. This lie should be disavowed by the Georgia Democratic Party as an utter embarrassment to decent Democrats. Barnes, however, continues to use it as he seems to be immune to embarrassment.
Once again, (and again, ad nauseam) folks, this is the long ago discredited “list” put out by the ultra left wing group in Washington DC known as CREW (Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington). This group is not affiliated with the Federal Government in any way, shape or form, or any government. To be redundant, this group has nothing to do with the US House of Representatives, the House Ethics Committee, or anyone else in any government. Yes, they put some people on a “list,” but look at it for what it is, just a list from a national Democratic organization (yeah, yeah, yeah, they have some Democrats on it for flavor). CREW is heavily involved in spreading lies and distortions about Conservatives. This group is funded by that ultra left leaning darling of the national Democrats, billionaire George Soros. This guy is so far left that the Hubble telescope couldn’t find him. So, Barnesites, please tell the whole truth when you post this lie again.
Now I will wait to hear from the squealers and howlers.

T-mite

October 31st, 2010
12:43 am

I voted Barnes 2010. Deal is a cheat and a liar. The trickle down theory no longer works. It starts from the bottom up, clown!!!! Republican’s better get on before we become extinct. Nobody is happy with Republican Idealog nor the hypocrisy. We need to start being honest about things. We know that it was our fault for the financial crises. We know that it was our fault for the deficit. We know that it was our fault that Obama has to spend trillions to get us out of a recession. We like shipping jobs overseas so when we return to power, we can have our corp executives bring the jobs back so we can shine for the 2012 election. Until then, we will let America suffer. This plan seems to work for the time being. I am just scared about what will happen when China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and all of these other countries pass us by making commen since policies to move their country forward. While we continue to obstruct, and kill America. If that’s what you want, may God Bless You!!! It’s not gon be me!!!

Matt

October 31st, 2010
5:46 am

After watching the debate on WSB on Saturday I was embarrassed at the way Deal and Barnes responded to each others questions. Deal and Barnes both acted like childish two year olds wanting to play with the same toy. However I was impressed at Mr. Mond’s response to the Questions. Did you notice that Deal and Barnes didn’t have a single negative thing to say to Mond. Mr. Mond seems to be the ideal candidate for this position. He is educated, mature and seems to have a lot of common sense unlike Barnes and Deal. Can we at least have a Gov’ that doesn’t have a name that sounds like a Barbeque pit restaurant Finally I am a white male supporting a black candidate because I don’t care what his or her race is as long as he or she can do the job and get it done efficiently.

Vince

October 31st, 2010
8:25 am

@Matt

I like Monds personally. It’s his over the top Libertarian ideas that I cannot go along with.

No one doubts he is the most decent man running.

Evander Holyfield

October 31st, 2010
8:41 am

I pity the fool who vote for Nathan ” Real Deal” Deal

The guy is so corrupt he stole my nickname.

Voter

October 31st, 2010
9:02 am

Mike

October 31st, 2010
10:14 am

Not sure what debate Ralph was watching. I don’t particularly like either candidate, but Deal looked like he’d smile in your face and tell you the sun rises in the west and you should just believe him because he told you. Deal particularly came off as disingenuous. I don’t care for Barnes either and think he’s a typical calculating politician. But I was really struck by Deal’s ‘you should just take my word for it’ attitude.

Maggy Martinez

October 31st, 2010
10:19 am

The Saturday debete help Roy Barnes to put his numbers up. He showed he has the experience to lead Georgia, and he got the grip during the debate to demostrate that he knows what he is taking about. Certainly, Neal has the state numbers and figures mess-up. He did counted with the wrong research about, how the state’s numbers were when Barnes left office. If Nathna Deal doesn’t know the numbers, then h did not show, during the debate, the necessary experience to lead this state. Certainly, Barnes got the necesary % to go to a run-off.

Justin

October 31st, 2010
10:47 am

ROY BARNES 2010!!!

catlady

October 31st, 2010
11:07 am

Mr. Barnes, before we go to any public funds for the lottery, we should first go to the exorbitant salaries and bonuses the Lottery Corp provides its executives. It is NOT a private company, as it has an exclusive STATE CHARTER to operate. The state can and should step in and dissolve its charter immediately, and charter a new corporation which would meet its mandate of percent given to education (which the present corporation has NEVER met!). I am sure there are many talented people who would be glad to work hard for a new corporation, for much smaller salaries and bonuses!

Vince: 8 years ago I swore I would never vote for Barnes. However, I had NO IDEA what the next 8 years would hold in terms of educational debasement– in terms of self-aggrandizement at the expense of the taxpayers. However, I could have overlooked Sonny Perdue’s machinations and voted for a Republican this year had it not been that the Republicans offered up Nathan Deal. I have been one of “his” constituents for almost 2 decades. I have received his tripe (at taxpayer expense) in my mailbox. I have seen him do nothing but suck on the public teat. Then we find that he has actually been enriching himself by his office (I fully believe this. Look at his wealth. Look at his refusal to be completely open about his finances.) He is a desperate man. If he does not win the governorship, how will he repay his debts. He is used to living a lush lifestyle. How can that continue? One answer is the one he has used before: use his office. I am NOT willing to be a party to enabling his self-enrichment.

I have thought a number of times about who could have been offered up that I could have voted for over Barnes. Actually, several of the Republican candidates might have had my vote if they had been up against Barnes. As I say, I have no love for him. There are several democrats I might have voted for happily.

However, since Deal is the candidate, I say NO DEAL. Let him run in the future, when he has cleared his name and regained (legally) his financial footing. Maybe even do some pro bono work. You know, get his hands dirty.

Casey Cagle is no better. I have had the same kind of surgery he had, and was back at work in days. If he is “too hurt to campaign” for governor, he is in too bad a shape to be governor, or even lt. gov. Besides, he gives me the same “uh oh” feeling Deal gives me. He needs to get well and then go out and get a real job for a few years.

Barnes doesn’t need this job to rescue his finances. I certainly don’t agree with all his stands. However, he is what we have left, sad to say.

I discount Monds for several reason, mainly because of his home-schooling his kids. I don’t think he is very motivate or knowledgeable about the problems facing public ed.

I wish to say, “God help Georgia!” However, I believe He wants us to show some smarts in helping ourselves!

Linda

October 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

Catlady, don’t discount Monds because of his homeschooling his kids. I too homeschool mine, and like him, I am very motivated and knowledgeable about the problems facing public education. THAT is the reason I choose to homeschool. Just because I choose not to impose the current sad state of public education (in my own district) on my own, doesn’t mean I am not motivated to help improve it for others. Monds has consistently stated that he wants to give parents more choices in educating their children, and give local school boards more independence to make their own decisions. One size does not fit all when it comes to educating children, either at the individual level or the community level.

By the way, Monds’ wife holds a PhD and is currently interim dean for the College of Business at Albany State University. If you ask me, their combined efforts in education indicate that they are very motivated in this regard. It is a sacrifice to homeschool; of that I am certain. Yet for those of us who do it, it is a most willing sacrifice for the best interests of our children.

Monds’ comment to the effect that students who need help paying for college need access to jobs to help pay for college is an indication of his philosophy of individual responsibility, instead of reliance on others (namely the ‘government’)! Isn’t that what we ask of students in general? Both Deal and Barnes would have been well served in their youth to have learned a lesson or two about individual responsibility.

I voted for Monds!

Real Vince

October 31st, 2010
2:02 pm

Deal does not look like he likes to argue, he likes to spray it, but he wimpers when attacked.

professional skeptic

October 31st, 2010
3:29 pm

catlady
October 31st, 2010
11:07 am

Preach it, catlady!

conservative teacher

October 31st, 2010
5:00 pm

Those of you who vote for Monds will regret it, trust me!!!!!!! We do not need another month of the two candidates’ campaigns against each other.
Nathan Deal is an honest man and some of you cannot tolerate it.

Home School Drop Out

October 31st, 2010
6:37 pm

To Old Timer:
You said this was the BABY that his mother did not want.
I always say it was the Baby she had before she got SAVED.

don

October 31st, 2010
9:25 pm

Catlady, I think the fact that Monds homeschools his kids shows just how much he understands how bad our school systems are. As far as the issue of scholarships goes, maybe it would be a good idea for the students to give a little thought to how much they are paying for college, instead of just blindly taking out loans.

For those who say that a vote for Monds is a waste: how can you actually vote for one of the other two??? It won’t take many people voting for Monds to through the election into a run-off. At that point hold your nose and vote for the crook or the one who failed the first time.

Smart like a Fox

October 31st, 2010
9:54 pm

Deal will do to Ga ,what the republicans have done to the tax payers in Norcross and Gwin.Co. ….only worse.

Ralph

November 1st, 2010
12:38 am

These posts turned into name calling. I merely want to expose the liberal bias of the AJC, and point out the information they exclude. Here is some:

Deal is holding a 10 point lead over Barnes in almost all of the polls. That is considered a “landslide”, but the AJC won’t ever use that term for a Republican.

Deal has gained significant endorsements throughout the state, including from The Augusta Chronicle, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, The Savannah Morning News, The Gainesville Times, The Chattanooga Times-Free Press and The Thomasville Times-Enterprise. The AJC no longer holds sway outside of the Atlanta metro area where they smear their opinion like the smog.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports: “If recent polls are correct, Deal probably will win outright, University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said. Barnes has virtually no chance to win and little chance to force a runoff, he said. This is totally opposite of all the articles and columns in the AJC about how a runoff is likely.

dawg37

November 1st, 2010
6:50 am

You’re right Furloughed, republicans thought Bush was genius. After the past two years, democrats are thinking the same. However, those are the same democrats who though Obama was an American.

Linda

November 1st, 2010
11:21 am

Conservative Teacher, I do not regret voting for MONDS. I know him to be an honest, truly good man, and his message is music to my ears. In addition, if Deal and Barnes are in a runoff I will enjoy watching them spend their millions in campaign funds slinging mud at each other, knowing all the while that they are eating up their campaign funds! I can turn off my television and radio and throw out their mountains of campaign paper that crowd my mailbox, with absolute abandon. What they can do is never run in MY state again if they don’t want to face the same prospects. We’re likely going to be stuck with one or the other of them for 4 years. Consequently, I’d like their campaign coffers to be DRY as a BONE and then maybe they (and their two parties)will think twice before giving us more of the same big, corrupt, strong arm politics, ever again.

maddie

November 2nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Not voting for either of these two clowns. Voting for Monds in protest.