Republican gubernatorial candidates talk Confederate statues

Republican leaders share thoughts on Confederate statues

Hundreds packed into the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry for the 8th District Republicans' annual fish fry Saturday.

We wanted to hear from some of the gubernatorial candidates and U.S. Senator David Perdue about their thoughts on the removal of Confederate statues in Georgia.

Junior U.S. Senator David Perdue says after hearing from the people, the majority believe local communities should decide on whether or not to keep the statues.

Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp says we can't run from our history; we have to learn from it. He believes not keeping our history in front of us is a big mistake.

State Senator Hunter Hill says we don't need to focus on this issue.

”Liberals are attempting to divide us on that issue. I'm not for taking them down. What I am for is moving Georgia forward,” said Hill.

"I'd say where does it end? If we start blowing up Stone Mountain, start destroying all of these monuments, what's next? The Washington monument? Jefferson memorial? There's got to be a point in time where we say ‘look it's our past, let's stop focusing so much on the past and look to the future,’" said State Senator Michael Williams.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says the statues will not be taken down if he becomes governor.

"It's there really as a symbol of what was right and what was wrong to where we learn from history in a path that helps us make sure that we don't repeat the bad mistakes but we are also able to help in the good things that we learned from in the past,” said Cagle.

Cagle, Williams, Kemp, and Hill are all running for Governor in the Georgia Gubernatorial Election on November 6, 2018.

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