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Democrat Nunn sharpens attacks on GOP opponent Perdue as they battle for Ga. US Senate seat

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MACON, Georgia — Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.

The two met for their first candidate forum Thursday and Nunn quickly set the tone by touting her ability to work across party lines while portraying Perdue as an obstructionist who would continue Washington gridlock.

PHOTO: U.S. Senate candidates, Democrat Michelle Nunn, left, and Republican David Perdue, right, take part in a televised candidates forum Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Macon, Ga. The forum was moderated by former WSB-TV anchor, John Puritt, center. The Georgia race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's term. (AP Photo/The Macon Telegraph, Woody Marshall)
U.S. Senate candidates, Democrat Michelle Nunn, left, and Republican David Perdue, right, take part in a televised candidates forum Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Macon, Ga. The forum was moderated by former WSB-TV anchor, John Puritt, center. The Georgia race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's term. (AP Photo/The Macon Telegraph, Woody Marshall)

Perdue didn't respond to the attacks, focusing instead on criticizing the policies of national Democrats and arguing Nunn would be a proxy for President Barack Obama.

The Georgia race is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to take control of the Senate for the last two years of Obama's term.

Libertarian Amanda Swafford, who will also appear on the ballot, was not invited to the forum.

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