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Handel gets warm Roswell welcome


Hagan, Price throw reception for Senate candidate



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Karen Handel makes her points at a reception for her U.S. Senate campaign. HATCHER HURD/Staff.

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Walt Burnotes and Mike Lowery converse during the reception. HATCHER HURD/Staff.

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Martha and Judge Tom Campbell listen attentively to Karen Handel speaking. HATCHER HURD/Staff.

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Longtime Republican supporter Marjean Birt, left, and Jody Bowles enjoy the reception. HATCHER HURD/Staff.
October 15, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. Karen Handel took a turn along the Senate campaign trail and came home Sept. 28 for a reception in her honor co-hosted by Bob Hagan and City Councilwoman Betty Price.

She came to Hagan's house on Stroup Street to renew old ties and not incidentally to pick up a few checks. She and Price have been friends and allies for years.

"We are here because the leadership in our country needs Karen Handel," Price said in welcoming her. "She has been successful in everything she takes on whether it was Fulton County as chairman, or secretary of state where she got voter I.D. passed in this state. Her boldness and courage are well known."

She said Georgia needs to hold the Republican line in the Senate to fight Obamacare, which she calls a "destructive policy" that would add $800 billion in new taxes.

"We are for affordable health care, that's why I support [state Rep.] Tom Price's bill that has in it portability and takes care of pre-existing conditions. What we can't do is try to live with $17 trillion of debt," Handel said.

She said she wants to see zero-based budgeting observed every 10 years to weed out the rust and the waste in federal government. For Handel, the devil has always been in the details, especially in the budgets.

The thing that separates her from the other six challengers in the race is that she knows that to fight Obamacare there must be something to replace it.

"We can't just say no, we have to have a plan, one that won't bankrupt the country," she said.

She wants to campaign hard in north Georgia. She noted that 70 percent of the primary vote came from north of Interstate 20.

While several of her opponents hold House seats Washington, Handel said she is the only proven statewide candidate in the campaign.

"I've run statewide five times; they haven't done it once," she said.

She has a statewide cadre that will serve her campaign in November as well as in the primary.

Despite the troubles in Congress now, she said she is optimistic about this country. In no other country would she have been able to leave an abusive home at 17 and rise to the careers she has enjoyed in business and in politics.

"Only in America is this possible. I remember what Ronald Reagan said when he was president the best years are ahead of us," she said. "That has always inspired me, and I believe it is still true."

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    Handel
    October 15, 2013 | 10:06 PM

    We women do not want her ilk in government. The republicans tell you they beleive in personal privacy. But they want to stop women from using birth control. They lie. What is more sad than an unwanted child? Birth control and family planning stop poverty and overpoplulation. We do not want handel or price in georgia.

    Diane Colin
    Roswell
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    Price
    October 16, 2013 | 07:09 AM

    I am a local small business owner, and employer. My employees and I actually need Obamacare. It's not going to hurt me, despite the many lies Handel and Price continue to make to the contrary. This new breed of Republicans are bad for democracy. They are are happy to legislatively impose their "Christian" values when it suits them on morality, abortion, homosexuality, etc. Yet the poor and the sick are repeatedly ignored or even victimized by their policies. The teaching of Jesus are suddenly gone when it come to those topics. Even now, the states where the ACA was embraced (vs obstructed), the exchanges are functioning a great deal better and off to a great start serving ALL of their respective states constituents. We need representation that will put their state/ country in front of party. Sorry Georgians, but these current Republicans are not working with your best interests at heart.

    Brian West
    Roswell
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    Handel/Price Great Leaders for US
    October 17, 2013 | 08:50 AM

    Read the news-Obamacare is hurting everyone! My insurance went from $388/mo to $997/mo! No tax breaks. My family of 4 can't afford this. What will we do? Handel/Price understand this and know this is happening to ALL Americans that have worked hard their entire lives. This "spread the wealth" around; to take from the people who have worked hard and give it to the people who have NOT is WRONG. I give to charity if I choose. The US government should NOT force me to do so. Obama has had 3 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to set up the healthcare website. It's failed. You can't logon. It's down for maintenance. You can't call and speak to someone. And now we know ACORN (community organizers for Democrats) are the ones that are manning the phones. They are trying to register you (if you can get through) and set you up as a Democrat. This is wrong. Democrats want to spend, spend, spend, tax & tax. Our debt is almost 17 trillion. Obama has spend more in 6 years than ALL OTHER PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED! When will we pay off our debts? More importantly, why won't Obama & Democrats pass a budget? They continually want to raise our debt ceiling. If you make $30,000/yr, would you spend $60,000, every year? Of course not! So, why would Obama want to put the US in that much debt? He has no plan to ever cut spending or pay our debt that he personally has run up. This makes the US weak, our economy weak. We keep borrowing from China, they own us--do you get that? Stop the spending, decrease the size of the government and get out of our way. We, the people need to be free of big spending wasteful government!

    Joan Smith
    Cumming
  4. report print email
    Handel/Price Great Leaders for US
    October 17, 2013 | 08:50 AM

    Read the news-Obamacare is hurting everyone! My insurance went from $388/mo to $997/mo! No tax breaks. My family of 4 can't afford this. What will we do? Handel/Price understand this and know this is happening to ALL Americans that have worked hard their entire lives. This "spread the wealth" around; to take from the people who have worked hard and give it to the people who have NOT is WRONG. I give to charity if I choose. The US government should NOT force me to do so. Obama has had 3 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to set up the healthcare website. It's failed. You can't logon. It's down for maintenance. You can't call and speak to someone. And now we know ACORN (community organizers for Democrats) are the ones that are manning the phones. They are trying to register you (if you can get through) and set you up as a Democrat. This is wrong. Democrats want to spend, spend, spend, tax & tax. Our debt is almost 17 trillion. Obama has spend more in 6 years than ALL OTHER PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED! When will we pay off our debts? More importantly, why won't Obama & Democrats pass a budget? They continually want to raise our debt ceiling. If you make $30,000/yr, would you spend $60,000, every year? Of course not! So, why would Obama want to put the US in that much debt? He has no plan to ever cut spending or pay our debt that he personally has run up. This makes the US weak, our economy weak. We keep borrowing from China, they own us--do you get that? Stop the spending, decrease the size of the government and get out of our way. We, the people need to be free of big spending wasteful government!

    Joan Smith
    Cumming
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