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Statements from David Perdue reviewed by Politifact.com
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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Perdue's earmark claim overstated br>

    The accusations are flying fast and furious between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue as we edge closer to the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate. Both claim to be the conservative candidate in the close, and closely watched, contest that voters will decide on July 22. And for the second time, Perdue is leveling accusations about earmarks, the money lawmakers pull from the federal budget for pet projects in their jurisdictions. "Jack Kingston spent our tax dollars on thousands of wasteful earmarks," Perdue claims in the ad, "Spender." PolitiFact Georgia already looked into Perdue’s earlier ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Perdue largely on target with claim about businesspeople in Senate br>

    Republican David Perdue is hoping to parlay his achievements in corporate America into a six-year term as a U.S. senator from Georgia. At virtually every campaign stop since he announced his candidacy last year, Perdue has stressed his leadership at well-known corporations, including Sara Lee, Reebok and Dollar General. "There are only about 10 people in the United States Senate who have any real business experience," Perdue said during a recent campaign swing through Middle Georgia. "And with my 40-year career, I hope to add some value to the debate of how to break the gridlock between tax increases and ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Perdue fails in attempt to tar Nunn for terrorist link br>

    With Election Day just about five weeks away, and polls consistently showing a tight race with national implications, the battle to become Georgia’s next U.S. senator has turned ugly. In a newly released television ad that carries echoes of the late-campaign attacks that pundits said worked during the GOP runoff, Republican candidate David Perdue goes after Democrat Michelle Nunn for a supposed weakness on border security. Before he gets to that though, a narrator opens with a simple statement: "Michelle Nunn’s own plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorists." If that wasn’t clear enough, an overlay in all capital ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Perdue misses mark on amnesty allegation br>

    Political discourse often relies on shorthand to make a point. Opponents of health care reform raised the specter of euthanasia with "death panels, a widely mocked term that earned PolitiFact’s inaugural Lie of the Year in 2009. The bill that created health care reform is now known as Obamacare by both those who support and those who deride it. Then, there is amnesty. Technically referring to blanket forgiveness for a crime, in political circles the word refers to President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 immigration reform that granted illegal immigrants legal status if they could prove they were in the ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Perdue off base with agriculture claim br>

    Candidate references to the family farm and toting watermelons are far more than folksy. Agriculture is Georgia’s top industry, pumping more than $71 billion a year into the state economy. In that context, talking farms is political calculus, especially in farm heavy Middle Georgia. That math was on display in its full glory at the state fair this week in Perry, where U.S. Senate hopefuls Michelle Nunn and David Perdue debated for the first time. "How do you justify to the farmers that in your list of priorities there are 17 items more important than the farmers in this state?" ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Perdue claim on women in poverty off mark br>

    A key strategy for Republicans running in this year’s midterm elections has been to slam their Democratic opponents as surrogates of President Barack Obama. It’s a tactic that GOP nominee David Perdue has employed repeatedly in Georgia’s closely watched U.S Senate race, including last week when he and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn shared the debate stage in Perry. When asked about his stance on minimum wage and how to create jobs, Perdue told a huge and at times raucous crowd that Nunn was trying to "tear down" his business career to detract from her support of Obama. "She supports the ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Democrats want Nunn even though she opposes some of Obama's policies br>

    Democrat Michelle Nunn is running a close race against Republican David Perdue for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat. Perdue, the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, has made no bones that he doesn’t think the election is between him and Nunn, the daughter of longtime U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. In the race that could determine which party controls the Senate, Perdue has said that his real opponent is Barack Obama, a Democratic president with low approval ratings in Georgia. Obama "handpicked her. He funded her. He supports her," Perdue said in an Oct. 7 debate in Perry. "You will not ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Perdue mostly right on shady weapons deal br>

    The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama would be eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba by removing it from America’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. Since 1982, Cuba has been on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation it has shared with Syria, Sudan and Iran and that triggers sanctions limiting U.S. aid, defense exports and certain financial transactions. Supporters say this is a necessary step if Obama is going to turn the page on the Cold War-era dispute that has snarled diplomatic relations between the ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Sen. Perdue overstates real reduction in U.S. armed forces br>

    David Perdue rose on the Senate floor last week to lay out his vision for the country as Georgia’s freshman senator. The former Fortune 500 CEO talked about his fiscal priorities and concerns with the Obama administration’s foreign policy, before tying the two together with an oft-repeated claim. The United States is "about to have the smallest Army since before WWII, the smallest Navy since WWI and the smallest Air Force ever," Perdue said. "This is simply unacceptable." Republican leaders have made similar claims as a talking point against President Barack Obama since Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid in 2012. ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Fair Tax claim ignores contradictory economic models br>

    Georgia’s freshman Senator David Perdue is a big advocate of the Fair Tax – a proposal long linked to the Peach State that calls for replacing federal income taxes with a national sales tax on all goods and services. Perdue talked up the plan in the GOP primary and general election, and included it in his first speech from the Senate floor last month. The former Fortune 500 CEO said the Fair Tax would boost the national economy. "Our archaic tax system is choking growth, holding back innovation, and discouraging investment," Perdue said, in calling for a transition to the ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Perdue hits the mark on agency's redundancy br>

    Don’t worry if you have never heard of the National Technical Information Service. You can look it up online. That’s a big part of the point of Senate Bill 1636, the Just Google It Act. It would eliminate that obscure office within the U.S. Commerce Department. The office’s mandate, as of its 1950 creation: serve as the main repository for government-funded technical, scientific and business reports. The agency estimates it holds more than 3 million documents across some 350 topics. But its own website encourages users to check with other government agencies and conduct an Internet search before requesting documents. ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Georgia's David Perdue wrong saying more businesses closed in 2015 than opened br>

    Some Republicans might have misgivings about Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, but Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., isn’t one of them. Perdue told NBC News that Trump has what the country needs. "We have the lowest worker participation rate since 1978," Perdue told host Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Daily on June 2. "Poverty rate hasn’t changed. More businesses went out of business last year than were started for the first time in our history, Chuck. This is an economic fiscal policy that is failing, and I believe this guy (Trump) will absolutely set us in the right direction ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Fact-check: Sen. Perdue touts US power program for Africa br>

    President Donald Trump’s budget outline is just the starting point for debate, but the cuts he’s seeking in foreign aid are among the deepest for any government activity. Under his plan, overall spending for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would fall by about 28 percent. Congress controls the purse strings, of course, and in the Senate, David Perdue, R- Ga., likes at least one foreign assistance program. "USAID put $8 billion up and attracted more than $45 billion in a public-private partnership called Power Africa," Perdue told NBC News on March 1 (before the ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | GOP Sen. David Perdue blames Obamacare for leaving behind 300,000 Georgians br>

    Chalk up Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as someone who was unhappy about the Senate’s failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. After the Senate fell one vote short of overturning key elements of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Perdue offered a statement, reprinted here in part: "Throughout this entire process, we have witnessed everything that’s wrong with Washington. The Senate had a real opportunity to dismantle the most damaging parts of Obamacare. As Republicans have railed against the failures of Obamacare for the last seven years, Democrats have failed to ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Perdue cites data on immigrant households benefiting from social welfare programs br>

    One argument supporters make for limiting legal immigration is that a significant share end up on social welfare programs. "The majority come here on family-based visas, without regard to their skills or our needs. As a result, half of all immigrant households receive benefits from our social welfare system," wrote Sen. David Perdue in an Aug. 8 op-ed in USA Today, co-bylined with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Perdue and Cotton sponsored the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE Act, which President Donald Trump has endorsed. Currently, the country accepts about 1 million new immigrants ...

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    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | GOP Sen. David Perdue says diversity visa lottery 'plagued by fraud' br>

    Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., repeated President Donald Trump’s criticism of the diversity visa program, claiming that the program is "plagued by fraud." An Oct. 31 terrorist attack in New York City resulted in eight deaths and about a dozen injuries. Trump said the suspect came to the United States through the diversity visa program and called for its termination. ".@realDonaldTrump is right, the Diversity Visa Lottery is a problem and is plagued by fraud. The RAISE Act would eliminate it. #gapol," Perdue tweeted Nov. 1. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Perdue co-sponsored the Reforming American Immigration for ...

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