Is This The Worst Gaffe of 2014?

Bill Scher

Nine years ago, textile CEO David Perdue probably didn’t think he’d ever run for office. Which would explain why in a deposition he bluntly answered a question on outsourcing by saying, “Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that.”

But after it was uncovered last week, you might think that the Republican Senate candidate in Georgia would find a way to explain his past, claim he’s changed, and has the know-how to create jobs in America.


Instead he told reporters about his statement, “Defend it? I’m proud of it. This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”

That is quite the doubling down.

Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn was unsparing in a debate last night, “David in his deposition talked about all these countries — Thailand and Singapore and India and Pakistan — but not once did he talk about creating jobs in the United States.” All Perdue could lamely say in response was, “I’m proud of creating and saving real jobs.”

Nunn also whipped out a quick TV ad. The title says it all “In His Words.”

Georgia was always seen as a longshot for Democrats. But polls taken before this gaffe showed Perdue holding a small 3-4 point lead.

We’ll soon see how many points outsourcing counts for.

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