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Ga. Senate hopefuls spar on Syria

7:01 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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One Georgia Senate hopeful, in the race to replace Saxby Chambliss, is putting the current conflict in Syria front and center.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel today released a radio spot, slamming Democrat Michelle Nunn for her position on Syria.

Says Handel in the ad, "Michelle Nunn said she would vote for direct military intervention, even with no imminent threat to national security."

Handel said about the spot, "I wanted them to understand the very clear policy difference between myself and Michelle Nunn."

The ad did not mention Handel's opponents in the Georgia primary. The latest statewide poll, from Public Policy Polling, had her fourth among Republican nominees and trailing Nunn in a head-to-head match-up. That poll was before the escalation in Syria.

In an interview Thursday with 11Alive's Matt Pearl, Handel kept the focus on the Democratic favorite. "Michelle Nunn is going to be a rubber stamp for Obama," Handel said. "I'm gonna be a rubber stamp for what's best and right for Georgia and America."

On this last issue, the Nunn campaign took umbrage. A spokesman responded, "It's unfortunate that Handel would ... attempt to turn the debate about Syria into a partisan political issue."

The spokesman continued, "Michelle Nunn shares the view of Republicans like Senator Chambliss, House Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that Syria's use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated."

The Republicans currently leading Handel in the polls are all members of the House of Representatives. Congressmen Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun, and Jack Kingston have already expressed their opposition to a military strike in Syria.

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