Senate candidate in Ga. blasted for revenue remark

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 10:03 AM

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Candidates running in Georgia's fiercely contested Republican primary for the U.S. Senate are blasting the perceived front-runner in the race for making comments they say suggest he would support raising taxes.

The campaign of former Dollar General CEO David Perdue on Wednesday dismissed the attacks as "deceitful," saying Perdue is opposed to tax increases and was talking about increasing revenues by cutting spending and promoting pro-growth policies.

The race is among a dozen being watched nationally, as Republicans need to gain six seats to claim a majority in the Senate and can't afford to lose the one in Georgia. Democrat Michelle Nunn is likely to advance in her runoff and has proved to be a formidable fundraiser.

Perdue made the remarks this week in an editorial board meeting in Macon with The Telegraph newspaper.

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