Georgians are haunted by incredible uncertainty they detect in Washington, D.C., said Karen Handel, a candidate for Georgia U.S. senator.
Georgians tell Handel they are concerned about the economy and jobs, and they want to protect the state’s military infrastructure.
“They want someone who will be strong and tough and be focused on getting the job done,” the Republican candidate said.
Handel said that as a U.S. senator, she would be an anomaly — a conservative woman from the South.
Pointing out that her strengths lie in fiscal responsibility, Handel said she would want to serve on Senate agriculture and armed services committees.
The U.S. military must be adequately funded to protect the nation, Handel said. In Georgia, she explained, military bases must look for opportunities to always be vital in national security.
Handel said she is an effective conservative. She implemented the photo identification requirement as Georgia secretary of state. She cut spending significantly in the secretary of state’s office and as chairman of the Fulton County Commission.
Serving as a U.S. senator would be a great opportunity for Handel to stand up for her pro-life beliefs, she said, adding that she has received endorsements from American Future Fund and Susan B. Anthony List.
Handel was recently endorsed by Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. “She really has significant influence,” Handel said. And, she explained, Palin’s strong voice is not heard only by conservative women.
The degree Republicans sweep November elections will determine which party will occupy the White House after the current administration, Handel explained.
She thinks conservative reformers will be elected and set the stage for the next presidency.
A proponent of rewriting the tax code, Handel supports the fair tax, where, she said, everyone pays a fair share.
When asked about abuse of federal food stamp and other public assistance programs, Handel said the programs were never meant to be lifetime payments.
The programs, she said, have changed from “a safety net” to entitlement programs.
The food stamp program should be revamped to encourage people to work, Handel said.
The nation needs an economy in which hard work reaps dividends, she said, adding that the nation has too many part-time and contract jobs.
Democrats, she explained, think the answer is to raise the minimum wage. Handel disagrees.
Raising the minimum wage will not lift anyone out of poverty, she said, adding that she does not want an economy based on minimum wage.
Handel thinks the average person wants the dignity of a job, and programs should be created to draw people into the workplace.
“A job is better than no job,” she said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.