Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat who announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate earlier this week, expressed her support for the Senate’s immigration reform bill in a Tuesday interview with Channel 2 Action News.
Nunn, a daughter of former senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga), is running on a centrist platform and has repeatedly expressed her support for bipartisanship.
When asked if she’d vote in favor of the recently passed immigration reform legislation in the Senate, Nunn did not give a straight answer but expressed her support for what’s in the bill and the process of putting it together.
“I’m not in the Senate yet, so I won’t go into the hypotheticals,” said Nunn in the interview with Channel 2’s Lori Geary. “I will say that I admire the senators that are working together, like Marco Rubio and John McCain, to work with our Democrats to get things done. I think the immigration bill is one of the rare examples where people are coming together for a common-sense solution. We’ve got the Chamber of Commerce, labor unions – we’ve got a lot of people saying this is a pragmatic solution for immigration challenges. It’s good for the economy; it’s good for deficit reduction….”
Nunn also supports the legalization process for those who are in the country illegally.
“I think the pathway to citizenship that Marco Rubio and others have defined makes sense,” she said. “It asks people to go to the back of the line. It asks them to enlist in their tax-paying responsibilities as citizens, and to contribute and to wait their turn. There’s over a decade-long line before they get to enjoy the fruits of citizenship.”
In the two days since the announcement of her campaign, Nunn has refused any political labels, but although she’s running as a Democrat, she has emphasized her working relationships with Republicans.
“I have a great deal of Republicans that I think will be a part of this campaign,” said Nunn. “I’m not just interested in Democrats. I’m interested in all of Georgia, and encouraging independents, Republicans to take a look at my candidacy….”
Nunn is a founder of the Points of Light Foundation, the largest non-profit volunteering organization, a legacy initiative of former President George H.W. Bush. She has also sat on a council on volunteerism for former President George W. Bush.
The Georgia Senate race is quickly becoming one of the most watched races of mid-term elections. For Democrats, the Peach State is one of only two seats (Kentucky being the other one) the party could pick up in the upper chamber in 2014.
While the state is still very much a Republican stronghold, several studies and analysis of demographics show a possible switch for Georgia within the next four to ten years from red to blue.