Georgia Republican Senate candidate and ex-CEO David Perdue isn’t shrinking from any part of his business record, even when it comes to outsourcing. During a stop on Monday Perdue said he was “proud of” his record on outsourcing.
His comments came after a scathing Politico article reported Perdue saying that he was hired as the CEO of the failed Pillowtex Corp. in large part, to outsource much of the company’s manufacturing.
“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” Perdue said during a press stop in Buckhead, Georgia on Monday according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.”
Said that in response to a question about a 2005 deposition transcript obtained by Politico in which Perdue said he “spent most of my career doing that” in response to a question about his experience on outsourcing.
On Monday, Perdue tried to pivot the subject of his record and outsourcing to federal economic policies.
“I think the issue that people get confused about is the loss of jobs,” Perdue said. “This is because of bad government policies: tax policy, regulation, even compliance requirements. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Even today, right now this administration has policies going on that are decimating industries today [sic].”
The campaign for Democrat Michelle Nunn, Perdue’s opponent, actually released an aggressive ad attacking Perdue on his handling of Pillowtex in August. The ad accused Perdue of profiting from Pillowtex while the company was headed toward bankruptcy.
The TPM Polltracker average gives Perdue a 3.7 point lead over Nunn.