Nathan Deal’s closing argument for why Georgians should back Johnny Isakson

SAVANNAH – Gov. Nathan Deal had a parochial argument Sunday for why voters should back his pal Johnny Isakson on Nov. 8.

The governor said the incumbent Republican needs a third term in the Senate in order to continue looking out for the Savannah port expansion, a $706 million project that’s long been the subject of push and pull between Washington and the Peach State.

Deal argued that Isakson, through his seniority in the Senate, would be able to better keep the project at the political forefront in Congress and ensure the state gets more federal money in the annual spending bills that collectively fund the government.

The port expansion project is “where his seniority and his leadership and his ability to get along with other folks in the United States Senate is so critical,” Deal said of Isakson. “That’s going to make sure that we here in the state of Georgia are going to continue to see the prosperity that is associated with that great asset of the Port of Savannah.”

Deal’s appearance with Isakson in front of roughly 50 supporters at the local GOP headquarters here was the first of five campaign stops the pair is embarking on over the next 24 hours. The duo will be swinging through Columbus, Macon, Albany and Marietta Monday to make their final case for Isakson’s reelection.

Deal is also working to promote his Opportunity School District, which is on the ballot Tuesday. He did not raise the issue, however, during his brief talk in Savannah Sunday.

Isakson, meanwhile, said he was optimistic the port expansion project would ultimately receive $85 million to $90 million from Congress this budget year, an amount backers say will help keep construction work on schedule.

“We’re going to see that port finished, and when it is finished the largest ships in the world will come to Savannah,” Isakson said.

Isakson has long been at the center of Georgia’s quest in Congress to secure $440 million from the federal government over several years to help deepen the Savannah River from 42 to 47 feet. The state is borrowing the rest of the money needed to finance the project, which seeks to make way for larger container ships coming from the newly expanded Panama Canal. Dredging work began in September.

Read more about the Savannah port expansion: 

Bigger ships heading for Georgia

Port business declines in Savannah

Backers optimistic about federal Savannah harbor deepening funds

Savannah port expansion backers say Obama budget short-changes project

Georgia’s port push starts in Panama

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44 comments
Ria Austin
Ria Austin

Yes, he will resign for health reasons soon and deal can pick his son in law to replace him!

Edith Stanley
Edith Stanley

Do not let Raw Deal fool you. He wants little Johnny re-elected to the Senate so that he (Raw Deal) can replace him in a couple of years when little Johnny decides to step aside due to "health" problems. That has been the plan all along.

Crutch Crutchfield
Crutch Crutchfield

I voted for the libertarian against Johnny.....And TRUMP! Deal is a spineless pocket stuffer.

E. Don Harpe
E. Don Harpe

Isakson should be voted out, and as soon as Deal is up for election, he should hit the bricks too.

Ronald C Shelby
Ronald C Shelby

Caution...I see a lot mention of "term limits". Term limits are not necessarily good as they invest power in bureaucrats. (Those not elected.) It takes quite a few years for a member of the Senate Intelligence committee (among others) to get a true grasp of whats going on and be able to exercise oversight. Until then, the "inmates run the asylum". That is dangerous. But I still believe that obstructionists should be voted out.

Joey Henry
Joey Henry

A third term for him to sit and do nothing like he has done during his last two terms.

Ronald C Shelby
Ronald C Shelby

Nope. Tired of obstructionist politics. I want a statesman,...or stateswoman. Get some work done.

Douglas Smith
Douglas Smith

Republicans love to say "drain the swamp" but how can you drain a swamp when you are a cesspool

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

From my perspective, Isakson has voted right along with Democrats 70+% of the time. He's certainly not Conservative, and I don't consider him a true Republican. It must be tough for him campaigning as a Conservative Republican when all he really wants to do is give Obama everything he wants.

Donna Sumerlin-Means
Donna Sumerlin-Means

Awesome!! ACCORDING TO HANNITY AND GINGRICH, there will be lots of FALSE information starting early Ignore it, the liberal media is going to try to suppress the Trump vote with false data!! Don't believe the exit polls!! VOTE TRUMP, no matter what!!! He will win!!

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Once again the governor confuses s*** and Shinola....

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Sorry I think it is time for ole Johnny boy to head home. I can't think of one darn thing he has did for GA. I know he will vote against our Military Men and Women ever chance he gets. I will not vote for another incumbent.

Vernester J Sheard
Vernester J Sheard

Johnny Isakson is stealing from the poor so the rich can get richer. Under him Ga tax payers will have no retirement. If he didn't do anything to help the first time; he doesn't deserve a second time.

Vernester J Sheard
Vernester J Sheard

Ron Conroy I was going to educate you but I prefer you to go and do some research. No back and forward comments and no disrespect to you. But sometimes when some times individuals need to educate themselves before responding to comments. Have the day you well deserve.

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

I'm no fan of Isakson, but that's the dumbest thing I've read so far this month. How does anyone "steal from the poor so the rich can get richer"? And, why can't people be responsible for their own retirement? Why must they always try to hold the government responsible for their irresponsibility? By the way, Isakson is already on his second term as Senator. He already won the "second time".

Clarence Garrett
Clarence Garrett

Get that racist, crook out of here. That's why, his initiative will fail tomorrow!

William McNall
William McNall

Cause he's white, and we'd gotta keep control of 'Merica like we did in the 50' s

Trenton Parsons
Trenton Parsons

Says the crook who got extremely wealthy after taking office and who taxes the middle class to death!!!!

Dean Kegans
Dean Kegans

Hell No, Vote Blue \U0001f499\U0001f499\U0001f499\U0001f351\U0001f499\U0001f499\U0001f499

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Vote him out, it is time for a new face from Georgia! Vote Blue!

Vennice Hood
Vennice Hood

They need to limit their terms just like the presidency.

Allen Byrd
Allen Byrd

I say drain the swamp and drain it good and dry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

Vote for the libertarian for senate, we need a good block in the senate to counter the demorats and the republicans.

Les Gazinski
Les Gazinski

The problem with Johnny is he keeps voting for the budget extension instead of putting a hault to the Obama madness of bankrupting our country. One has to ask what's in those budget extensions that has him voting for them? Promises from the establishment for future votes?

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

Insolvent would be a better word.. 20trillion in debt and counting and all these Republicans just keep on going along with the Democratic madness.

Darlene Brooks
Darlene Brooks

If hillary is elected we'll be 40 trillion in debt she has to bail obam out of his Ins failure , like he bailed billy and hills housing crisis out!! ppl still lost their homes and jobs!

John Brown
John Brown

Once again name one bankruptcy under Obama

Harris Dugger
Harris Dugger

Because we don't need him to keep supporting gridlock!

Gregory Haines
Gregory Haines

It's important to keep a majority in the senate. Regardless of who gets the White House

newsphile
newsphile

Based on information I have seen, Isakson has represented GA well most of the time.  I believe he made a mistake by not pushing to have the moderate supreme court nomination vetted and approved.  That could have lessened some of the election hype and could have demonstrated that our elected officials were actually doing the job they were elected and paid to do.  My big concern is that Isakson will win re-election and then resign, giving Deal yet another high-placed appointment.  We Georgians deserve better than that.