Perdue touts business record in Georgia Senate bid

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 7:03 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — In Georgia's hotly contested Senate race, Republican David Perdue proudly points to his experience running major corporations as proof he's best positioned to tackle the nation's debt.

The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok is seeking the Republican nomination and faces U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in a runoff July 22. The race has gained national attention as Republicans seek control of the Senate and can't afford to lose the open seat in Georgia.

Perdue often says he knows what it takes to develop economic growth. A closer look reveals a successful executive comfortable with taking risks but who is not immune to criticism from investors and analysts. That's created an opening for Kingston to attack.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

One of two candidate profiles planned ahead of the July 22 runoff. One on Kingston will run next week.

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