AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- At a press conference at Textron Specialized Vehicles Monday, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) spoke of his commitment to supporting business, as well as how this election cycle is different. Sen. Isakson and U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.), who was also at the event, are both trying to ride Donald Trump’s wave of popularity as they seek re-election this November.
Isakson is focusing more on his own campaign than Trump’s, although he did make it to the Republican National Convention last week in support of the GOP nominee.
“I was there for six hours,” he said. “So that was long enough to be excited about meeting all the Georgia people, but nobody else in Cleveland can vote for me. So I came back home to Georgia, so I could be in Augusta today.”
The senior Georgia senator, who is looking to secure a third term on Capitol Hill, accepted endorsements from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at Textron in Augusta Monday. The stop was part of a two-day tour with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Despite rampant anti-establishment sentiment, Isakson said he’s proud of his record.
“I think you can compare what Johnny Isakson’s done in the last 37 years in government and 35 years of running a business in Georgia will stand up good against anybody,” he said.
Isakson is up against Libertarian Allen Buckley and Democrat Jim Barksdale, who like Donald Trump, is a millionaire with no prior political experience. Isakson said he hopes voters choose him, but encouraged people to vote for who they feel is the best candidate.
“Don’t be one of those voters who sits home and lets somebody else make the decision for you,” he said.
As for Isakson’s decision? He’s team Trump.
“I support the Republican ticket,” he said. “I mean I’m a Republican. It’d be pretty bad not to support the ticket that you’re in. And that’s who the voters who are going to vote for me picked, so that’s a pretty easy decision.”
Congressman Rick Allen, who is also up for re-election, was at the event as well. He had stronger words about the presidential race.
“Folks, vote your conscience, but your conscience needs to be for Donald Trump,” he said.