[UPDATE #2] The Perdue and Taylor campaigns’ responses to the debate can be found in the comments. Thanks, Andre, for the Taylor response.
[UPDATE] The video is up at 13WMAZ.com. Thanks to hankrearden for the info via the comments.
I confess, I didn’t see the debate. Here’s a bit of the AJC’s write-up; those who did see it, please let we who did not know what we missed!
Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor went on the offensive against Gov. Sonny Perdue in their first debate of the campaign for governor, blasting the incumbent for buying land near Walt Disney World from a political appointee.Firing back, Perdue said Taylor’s attack was “ludicrous,” called him “Pinocchio” for allegedly stretching the truth and said the lieutenant governor has relied on his father’s deep pockets.
The feisty, fast-paced showdown gave Taylor and Perdue their first chance to confront each other, and their exchanges gave voters a glimpse of the nastiness sure to come in the three and a half weeks remaining before the Nov. 7 election.
Taylor, the Democratic nominee, took the first shot in the debate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter,
saying the Republican governor got a “sweetheart” deal when he bought land in Florida for $2 million from Newnan developer Stan Thomas.
Trailing badly in the polls and low on money, Taylor sought to gain some much needed ground in the debate. Recent polls show Perdue’s lead ranging from 19 to 24 percentage points.
Perdue dismissed Taylor’s attacks, saying the tax break was available to all Georgians.
“Every single Georgian benefits from this,” Perdue said. “When I first learned of this my accountant informed me when he was doing my taxes.”
Taylor shot back: “Governor Perdue, if you believe that, then I have some swampland in Florida to sell you. This was a retroactive tax cut inserted in a midnight amendment to a House bill.”
Taylor added: “Governor Perdue has mentioned Pinocchio. Governor, if you were one of the Seven Dwarves, your nickname would be Greedy. Who else has benefited from that tax break?”
That’s all of the article I’m posting here; besides, those of you who did see it can recount it better than the AJC anyway 😉