Newcomer Nunn touts experience while qualifying for Senate run

ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn appeared at the state Capitol as a bit of a paradox -- a Democrat with lots of campaign cash yet little visibility in the early stages of a high-stakes race for the US Senate. While Republicans have tried to gain traction in crowded debates -- the daughter of former US Senator Sam Nunn (D-Georgia) has formed an opinion from the sidelines.

"It seems to be kind of a drive to extremes and ideology," Nunn said of the GOP field. "And they seem to be fighting each other for those extremes."

She was asked if voters would take her seriously if she wasn't the daughter of the popular U.S. Senator. Sam Nunn retired in 1997 after a 24-year career in the Senate.

"Last year we mobilized 4 million volunteers," Michelle Nunn answered. "So I have actually plenty of experience in actually getting things done and solving problems."

Nunn cites her experience in a career leading volunteer service organizations. Many volunteers were with her at the Capitol when she filed paperwork to run for the US Senate.

We asked her if she should have sought a local political office prior to running for the US Senate. "When I talk to people, they say we really need change in Washington. I don't believe we need career politicians," she answered.

We asked her if she thinks political experience is "overrated."

"I think I would ask the folks that are currently giving our Congress an 8 percent approval rating about their feeling about political experience these days," Nunn answered, as her volunteers cheered behind her.

Michelle Nunn has abundant vocal support -- with an eye on transforming it to votes eight months from now.

Members of Congress Jack Kingston, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, plus former Secretary of State Karen Handel, and businessman David Perdue are among those seeking the GOP nomination. They qualified earlier this week.


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