We live-blogged the event and then went about the remainder of our day. Then I wake up this morning and get 2 newsletters from 2 different candidates saying they both won the debate.
From Austin Scott:
Austin Scott wins first GOP debate
Focuses on job creation, education, ethics
“I’m going to take the politics out of deciding what’s good for our children and the education system,” Scott said, when asked about how to improve education in Georgia.
“I understand the issues being faced by this state,” he said. “To create jobs, I will eliminate the corporate income tax in Georgia. Think about the message that sends to the nation and the world: Georgia is ready for business.”
Throughout the debate, Rep. Scott’s focus was on three key issues: the economy, education, and ethics. These three areas have formed the basis for his platform for governor of Georgia.
He was mentioned by name by the panelists and moderator more times than any other candidate.
From Eric Johnson:
Eric Johnson Wins First Debate
Like Georgians, Johnson’s Focus Summed Up In One Word: “Jobs”
“As Governor, jobs will be my first priority, my second priority, and my third priority,” said Johnson. While substantively answering questions posed on different topics, he also tied every single one of his answers back to jobs and improving our state’s economy.
“There are those who say we are in a hole too deep to get out of. That our state and our nation’s best days have come and gone,” Johnson said after the debate. “But I reject that view. With the right leadership and the right vision, we can ensure that Georgia will emerge from this recession faster than the rest of the nation and be stronger than ever before.”
The glaring similarity between the two candidates is not that both seem to be declaring victory in the debate, but that jobs are on their minds and the minds of Georgians. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia’s unemployment rate is 10.2%. With unemployment in the double-digits, it’s no wonder that the first debate focused on jobs. Georgians are facing tough times and jobs and job creation will continue to be a central issue in the upcoming elections.