Senator David Perdue: This Is About Conservative Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke at Erick Erickson’s Resurgent Gathering about conservative values and changing Washington.

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Founding Principles: “This is about conservative values, and that’s why I ran for the U.S. Senate. My first job was at a Head Start program. I grew up on a farm. My mom and dad were school teachers. So I understand the value of being fiscally responsible, having a limited government, economic opportunity for everybody, and individual liberty. It’s no more complicated than that.”

Producing Economic Prosperity: “That ethos – big government, more spending – has failed. We have had a 100-year slide towards socialism, and we have a President in the White House now who’s trying to turn this around. In a year and a half, we’ve already demonstrated that if we pull back on regulations, become reasonable on taxes, unleash our energy potential, and get rid of overreaching banking rules, guess what happens? We have economic prosperity.”

Focusing On Results: “Congress really does work, but not always on the priorities. Activity does not correlate to results. I can’t debate Social Security on the floor of the United States Senate. We’re supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world and I can’t get a debate on Social Security on the floor, but we spent days three years ago talking about catfish.”

Changing Washington: “I saw one thing in 2014. My message was this, and it came from my heart: Washington is broken. If you want different results, you’ve got to send a different type of person up there.”

Draining The Swamp: “Last year, we passed a bill that let the VA fire people for not doing their job. They’ve fired 1,550 people for non-performance. This year, I have a bill called the MERIT Act to do the same thing for all federal agencies.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.