And now, a final word from Nathan Deal

One day after Democrat Roy Barnes began airing his closing argument, Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal is up with his:

The script:

Nathan Deal: “I’m a husband, father and grandfather, guided by faith, honest and integrity. Sadly, Roy Barnes has tried to undermine my character with false attacks, fueled by his political ambition. But that’s just Roy.

“As a veteran and a prosecutor, I’ve fought to keep families safe. As a public servant, I cut spending and cut taxes. As governor, I’ll kick-start the economy to protect the jobs we have and create new jobs for the future.”

One point: Again, note that “public servant” has become code for “member of Congress.” Deal served in Washington for nearly 18 years.

The Deal campaign also released the contents of a robo-call endorsement from Gov. Sonny Perdue, which should hit GOP voters this evening:

“Hello, this is Gov. Sonny Perdue, calling for my friend and fellow Republican Nathan Deal. We’ve made a lot of progress, even in difficult times, over the last eight years. And I believe Nathan Deal is just the man to carry them on.

“I trust Nathan. He’s an honest conservative who will build on the work that we’ve accomplished – cutting spending, spurring job creation and improving education.

“If you elect Nathan Deal as governor, Georgia remains in good hands. And you can depend on that. Please vote for Nathan Deal for governor, Tuesday, Nov. 2. Thanks.”

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138 comments Add your comment

JDW

October 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

I got Sonny’s robo call…fits right in with the season, damn scary.

lmno

October 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

What a scum bag!

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

I got Sonny’s call . . . and Roy’s cal . . . and calls from everybody! Please wuit calling! I have already cast my vote for the next governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal.
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Best for Georgia

October 26th, 2010
1:36 pm

Nathan Deal and Sonny Perdue. Birds of a feather. How fitting.

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Can’t type today! “wuit” should be “quit”!

Linda Schrenko #56443-019

October 26th, 2010
1:43 pm

I just ousted @VoteDeal as mayor of Crooksville on @foursquare!

You Asked

October 26th, 2010
1:45 pm

I thought it was the people who are watching after our families, keeping our food clean, protecting us from consumer fraud, insuring our children get support, educating our college students, protecting us from criminals, licensing our businesses, protecting our forests and natural resources, keeping our water and air clean, etc. who are public servants? Not career politicians.

Go figure?

older conservative

October 26th, 2010
1:50 pm

If you do not want to see more slanderous tv ads for the next month, then either vote for Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes. If you vote libertarian, then there will surely be a runoff between Deal and Barnes. I do not think that I can “stomach” the personal attacks for another month. Let’s hear what each candidate plans for Georgia. I beg both candidates to “shape up” and be men enough to speak honorably for Georgia.
The Democrats have a lot to lose in Georgia if a Republican is elected. They will surely hurt two years from now when the presidential election is held. Haven’t we been punished enough by a radical president. I am sick and tired of giving what I worked very hard for over the years to give to those who do nothing and expect a free ride. I do not want socialism here in America.,
I beg you to do your research and vote Republican on Nov. 2.

Undecided

October 26th, 2010
1:51 pm

Last Man Standing… Could you tell us the basis of your vote FOR Nathan Deal? I would like to hear positive factual statements on WHY I should vote FOR someone rather than voting against the opponent. Shed any light?

captguitarman

October 26th, 2010
1:51 pm

“What, Me Worry?” Sonny Perdue says we have made a lot of progress over the last 8 years??!!! He must be talking about his goal of vacationing in every nation in the world before he dies. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that, but I must confess that the gales of laughter took hold because they let one of the biggest do nothing governors in the history of the state – passing on a legacy of major, unresolved issues – actually say that with a straight face. The joke is on Georgia, and it won’t be funny if the “Real Deal”comes into office and continues that sterling legacy while focusing on re-building the family fortune. He is insolvent now (unless you use his typical funny accounting – like paying himself for flying his own plane), but if he’s elected, I predict that he will leave office as a multi-millionare. You heard it here (not first), but you heard it here.

Thank God We Escaped!

October 26th, 2010
1:57 pm

Re the Jawja Goobernatorial campaign and the bizarre mindlessness of the masses as exemplified by the Tea Party people stompers…
I am not happy to be extremely accurate in my assessment of the situation in the US. (James Howard Kunstler, Charles Hugh Smith, Doug Casey, etc, must be channeling LOL).

“GO GOOBERS GO!” accurate but not so funny now… my advice for sentient beings – GET OUT – stands

Redneck and Proud

October 26th, 2010
2:00 pm

GO BACK TO WASHINGTON DC, NATHAN DEAL! GA DOES NOT WANT OR NEED YOU!!!!

Really Red

October 26th, 2010
2:01 pm

Wisdom, Justice, Moderation. Yeah, not so much.

CRB

October 26th, 2010
2:02 pm

We certainly don’t need another term for Barnes, after his first disastrous effort as Governor.

Annie Nomolous

October 26th, 2010
2:03 pm

I fought back my gag reflex to vote for Nathan Deal. The ONLY reason being that whoever is in charge this time gets to re- gerrymander the districts. I am sick and tired of not having logical representation in the State House and Senate as well as the 13th Congressional District. The Republicans didn’t even bother to run anybody in my State House and Senate Districts!
Absolutley disgusted with the choices I have!

The Goobernator

October 26th, 2010
2:06 pm

I guess “faith, honesty and integrity” to Deal means hit was OK to slice and dice Karen Handel with sleazy accusations and outright lies. I don’t think we even live on the same planet as Nathan Deal!

Don’t forget it was the Republicans that got us into this mess with a Trillion Dollar War, out of control deficit, and laws that make it OK for corporate America to rape, pillage and desrtoy our savings, investments, homes, financial institutions and environment…just so a few can make big, short term profits!

they're all corrupt

October 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

Both candidates are corrupt. And as much as I hate Roy Barnes, I think Nathan Deal would be a great detriment to the state of Georgia. His shady accounting and the fact that he is being investigated for ethics problems…really people….you’re going to vote for a guy who has problems with ethics?

And Linda Schrenko- that literally made me LOL.

older conservative

October 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

Goobernator, don’t forget which party was in control of congress since 2007. It certainly was not the Republican party.

Redneck and Proud

October 26th, 2010
2:23 pm

Don’t forget which party has been in control of Georgia since 2002 – the Republicans. They have run this state into the ground!

findog

October 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

Sadly Congressman Deal’s understanding of faith, honest and integrity is just a tad short of what we should require of our Governor.
As a congressman he voted to extend the national debt numerous times, voted for enormous government programs, expanded unfunded mandates unto the states, and gladly sent our military men and woman to war; not with what they needed but what could be afforded with tax cuts. How can Governor Perdue claim Congressman Deal is an honest conservative when his history is to have been a part of the most dismal management of our country by violating every tenant of conservatism except cutting taxes?

Ernesto

October 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

When Nathan Deal is elected Governor of Georgia we’ll be reputed a laughing stock in this country. It doesn’t matter if you are investigated for ethics violations. It doesn’t matter if you are involved in shady businesses. It doesn’t matter if you have tremendous debt. It doesn’t matter that you loaned money to your children even when you knew they couldn’t handle it. It doesn’t matter if you are within the 15 most corrupt of Washington. It doesn’t matter if you were trying to hide your financial hardships to the public. It doesn’t matter if you try to deceive people. It doesn’t matter if people in your own party calls you corrupt and a crook (Karen Handell).

It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are a Republican…

Registered Voter

October 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

If Deal can’t handle his own finances, how will he handle the State of Georgia- the same way, into Bankruptcy Court. Case closed vote Roy Barnes

td

October 26th, 2010
2:32 pm

captguitarman

October 26th, 2010
1:51 pm
“What, Me Worry?” Sonny Perdue says we have made a lot of progress over the last 8 years??!!! He must be talking about his goal of vacationing in every nation in the world before he dies. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that, but I must confess that the gales of laughter took hold because they let one of the biggest do nothing governors in the history of the state – passing on a legacy of major, unresolved issues – actually say that with a straight face. The joke is on Georgia, and it won’t be funny if the “Real Deal”comes into office and continues that sterling legacy while focusing on re-building the family fortune. He is insolvent now (unless you use his typical funny accounting – like paying himself for flying his own plane), but if he’s elected, I predict that he will leave office as a multi-millionare. You heard it here (not first), but you heard it here.

As much as I do not like to defend Sonny, I guess he did accomplish something in ofice. Below is the graduation numbers just posted by this paper since Sonny come to office.

“The state of Georgia’s graduation rate rose to an all-time high of 80.8 percent in 2010 – an increase of two percentage points over last year, and more than 17 percentage points since 2003, when the graduation rate was 63.3 percent”

BLACK AND PROUD

October 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

Good job mister Deal you have my vote brother.

Virginia

October 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

Nathan Deal: “As a public servant, I cut spending and cut taxes.” Cut spending? Anybody know when that might have happened? Surely not between 2002 and 2009 and I believe old Nathan was in Congress then! Another day, another lie from the failed & corrupt Deal.

T Knight

October 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

Neither of these men deserve our vote. Cut from the same mold. Really, truly, is there really any difference between the two of them.

Redneck and Proud

October 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

One difference is that Deal is probably going to be arrested in the next few months and Barnes is not.

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
2:46 pm

Older Conservative,
If the ballot access laws were different, then we would not have to worry about the third party candidates interfering with politics; if the media would cover everyone equally and not choose their favorites, then we wouldn’t need to beg for people to only vote the two people would be aware of their choices and not have to devote themselves to two party partisan politics; in fact, if we in Georgia actually had media that was fair and balanced, then you would’t have to plead that people not to throw away thier votes because we would be aware of all of the viable candidates.

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

bah. I really like the edit button.
…then we wouldn’t need to beg for people to only vote for the two candidates; people would be aware of their choices and not have to devote themselves to two party partisan politics…

South Georgia Voter

October 26th, 2010
2:54 pm

I am supporting Nathan Deal. He grew up in middle Georgia, has loads of family in Statesboro and has been a resident of Gainesville for years. That gives him a viewpoint of the entire state – from the metro areas and the ex-urban areas to south Georgia. I have yet to meet a person who has known Nathan over the years who does not believe that Nathan is an excellent person and a dedicated public servant, and I have met many people who have known him from grade school, through his time at Mercer and then when he moved up to Gainesville with his wife, Sandra, after completing his service in the military. Nathan is a good man, and he will make a terrific governor. His tax plan for Georgia has been scored by a national independent tax auditor and the organization showed that his plan will move Georgia from the bottom half of states from a tax competitiveness standpoint to number 16. That is how we bring in jobs – not a bunch of empty promises that you get from Roy Barnes – we have heard those before and we fell for them once and lived with the consequences. Nathan’s ideas and real initiatives will make our state more competitive so we can bring more jobs, expand our tax base, and create more opportunities for our citizens. And I think that he will continue the good work of Governor Perdue in running a fiscally fit state – Georgia is one of the few states that is in good fiscal shape after this recession and that is because we have not had a bunch of spendthrifts running the show. And, we learned today, that Georgia’s high school graduation rate is gone from a miserable 63% when Governor Barnes was in office to over 80%. The choice is clear – Nathan Deal is the right choice for Governor, and he will win outright on November 2nd, and he will make this state quite proud. I am not a part of the Deal campaign and I don’t dislike Roy Barnes as a person – you want hear me utter anything negative about the man, but his policies are his problem. I am a concerned citizen who wants to move this state forward, not backward. We know what Roy Barnes has to offer and the voters of Georgia have rejected it once rather soundly. Do we really need to go back there again? Roy Barnes has said some awful things about a good man in this race – none of which amounts to a hill of beans, but I think at the end of the day the voters of this state will come through once again with the right decision and elect the right person for the job, and that is Nathan Deal.

td

October 26th, 2010
2:57 pm

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
2:47 pm
bah. I really like the edit button.
…then we wouldn’t need to beg for people to only vote for the two candidates; people would be aware of their choices and not have to devote themselves to two party partisan politics…

And what would this solve? If we had 10 people on the ballot you would still end up with only 2 in the runoff because you have to have 50%+1 in a statewide election, unless you think we should let everyone on the ballot and the one with the most votes wins?

DK

October 26th, 2010
2:57 pm

@Undecided – Maybe I can shed some light on why you should vote for Nathan Deal. My brother is the CEO of a telecommunications company. About 8 years ago he lobbied congress for a change in telecommunications law. In this effort he personally talked to every senator and congressman, or their chiefs of staff. Out of 535 members, most couldn’t care less whether or not the legislation change was good for the American People. They were either personally interested (they had a financial interest) or didn’t want to anger the sub-committee chairman the legislation was before because they might need him later for their pet projects. Only 2 of the 535 (1 Democrat and 1 Republican) asked how the proposed legislation would benefit their constituents. Nathan Deal was that Republican (Ben Nighthorse Campbell was the Democrat). I remember him calling me and telling me that I was lucky to be in his district and how he actually seemed to care about those that sent him to congress.

Vote for who you will undecided. I will feel good voting for Nathan Deal.

SICK REPUBLICAN

October 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

HOW MANY TAKES NATHAN DEAL NEEDED TO LOOK INTO THE CAMERA TO MUTTER THE WORDS HONEST AND INTEGRITY.WHEN I SAW IT I ALMOST SWALLOWED MY BEER BOTTLE.

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

yes, td, that would be the best option.

Southern Gentry

October 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

Boy, you can spot the democrats…. Instead of facts, they promote slander, because they don’t have a foot to stand on…. You can’t tell a plug nickels difference between the way King Roy is of today, and his ideas of yesterday, and of those in office in Washington. A vote for Roy, is a vote for failure…. Thank God for Tuesday….

GA Native

October 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

Seriously? What progress have we made in the last eight years?

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

DK, was this before or after the rape shield law?

td

October 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

A Choice

October 26th, 2010
3:03 pm
yes, td, that would be the best option.

Then we become like Europe where a small minority of determined voters will win every election. I can see it now where a group of rich individuals pays several candidates money to run and closely follow the philosophy of their chief opponent to split that philosophies vote and let them get into power.

Virginia

October 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

@DK: Campbell switched to the Republican party in 1995. He was not a Democrat 8 years ago.

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

Undecided:

I remember all too well Barnes/ one and only term as governor. If you’ve been reading these blogs for at least a couple of weeks, you already know the negatives from that term. I am totally committed to not repeating history.

Congressman Deal has been called everything from unethical to dishonest. The charges re his ethics were voiced by CREW, whose funding source is very left-wing liberal. I would submit that the organization CREW has ethics problems itself. The ethics charges were referred to committee for investigation, and I believe would have totally disappeared had Congressman Deal voted with the democrats for Obamacare.

Congressman Deal was then accused of improper dealings with the state of Georgia as regards his business. At the time this so-called impropriety occured, Barnes was the sitting governor. Whatever the issue, it was OK then but it isn’t now?

In Congressman Deal, I see a man who has withstood barrage after barrage from the AJC and others in the so-called news media. The bias shown toward Barnes has been very evident.

I am conservative. The Republicans offer the only viable conservative vehicle for me. The state will have to be reapportioned during the next governor’s term. I do not want to see the additional congressional seats go to the party of Obama, Pelosi and Reed. I do not want to see this nation fail. President Reagan said it best when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

td

October 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

GA Native

October 26th, 2010
3:08 pm
Seriously? What progress have we made in the last eight years?

Please read my post from 2:32.

Political Ho

October 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Hey democraps, check out http://bibbrepublicanparty.com and tell me who is corrupt. A picture is worth a thousand words.

True Republican

October 26th, 2010
3:28 pm

Virginia,

A quote from a SHANNON McCAFFREY article at the AJC:

In 2005, he slashed some $20 billion in health spending from the federal budget as part of the deficit reduction act. It’s a figure, aides quickly note, that is larger than the current budget of Georgia. Deal was also able to include language requiring those seeking Medicaid benefits to provide identification, a move designed to halt illegal immigrants from tapping the taxpayer-funded benefits.

Does $20 Billion count?

Just keep blindly throwing around accusations. You fit right in with your liberal buddies.

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

South Georgia Voter:

I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks!

Political Ho

October 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

Hey democraps, check out http://bibbrepublicanparty.com and tell me who is corrupt. A picture is worth a thousand words. Roy Barnes is a clown, who doesn’t wash his hands.

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

True Republican:

You will have to excuse Virginia today. I think she is having a “bad hair day”. Come to think of it, though, all her days are like this. Hmmm . . . .

DannyX

October 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

What were Deals major accomplishments? Explain his resume.

Voted for socialist unfunded Medicare D.
Voted for 2 UNFUNDED wars.
Voted for 100 billion in farm subsidies. (UNFUNDED)
Voted for massive tax cuts along with the massive new spending.

Went bankrupt.
Refused to release his interesting tax returns in full.
Career politician.
Is for free markets except when his business profits from no-bid government contracts.
Is against “Big-Government,” unless he is cashing a big fat government check.

“Freedom is never more than…..blah,blah, blah” LMAO!!!!!

professional skeptic

October 26th, 2010
3:37 pm

Please. The final word from Nathan Deal will be either “guilty” or “not guilty” when a federal judge asks him, “How do you plead?”

Virginia

October 26th, 2010
3:39 pm

True, could you post a link to that AJC article? I would love to know what “health spending” he wanted to slash in 2005. I know in 2008 & 2009 he fought tooth & nail against the SCHIP program. Sure, billions & billions for Iraq, but don’t give those damned sick American kids one cent!! Yes, such a profile in courage he is, I know you’re so proud! BTW, Liberal isn’t really the insult you think it is.

Last Man Standing

October 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

Political Ho:

Even if the dems go to that site, you can bet the farm they ain’t going to have anything to say about it.