There are two words no candidate should ever utter in any campaign, especially one as tight as next week’s GOP Senate primary: tax increase.
But front-running David Perdue may have done just that during a meeting with The Macon Telegraph’s editorial board.
As reported by The AJC’s Jim Galloway, a Telegraph board member asked Perdue whether it would be better to get out of the economic “ditch” by cutting spending or increasing revenue.
“Both,” Perdue said.
The questioner then said, “And that’s a euphemism for some kind of tax increase, of course.”
“Well here’s the reality: If you go into a business, and I keep coming back to my background, it’s how I know how to relate is to refer back to it — I was never able to turn around a company just by cutting spending. You had to figure out a way to get revenue growing. And what I just said, there are five people in the U.S. Senate who understand what I just said. You know revenue is not something they think about.”
Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey later said the candidate was talking about growing the economy in general.
Here’s an audio transcript of the entire meeting. The exchange is around the 49-minute mark.