As part of the tour, Handel, a Roswell resident, met with about 20 small business owners and local business professionals at Sweet Potato Restaurant where they expressed concerns with the federal government on the topics of job creation, taxes and regulations, term limits in the Senate, health care costs and the state of the Republican Party.
Handel said most of the issues brought up are the result of having a fundamental lack of leadership in Washington.
“The frustration with Washington right now is so high, and there is just an underlying sense that the current group of people are not doing their jobs and the genuine desire to see individuals who are going to go up and kick butt and get something done,” she said.
If elected, Handel said she will support moving to a two-year budget cycle and moving to a zero-based budget.
“I believe the best way to get the economy going again is to get that fiscal house in order,” she said. “We know, if you look at any economic study, as we draw down spending at the federal level, it has an economic impact. And that’s why it is so important to begin to reduce the spending.”
She said some leaders in Washington have deferred action on important issues to focus on getting re-elected.
“I believe the time has come for term limits,” she told the group. “You have my word and my commitment — I’m going to serve two terms … It will give me the sense of urgency that is needed to go to Washington and make hard decisions now … so that we can get our country back on track.”
Handel also said there is a “tremendous opportunity to downsize the federal government” and that business regulations need to be updated.
“We have [regulations] on the books that have been there for two or three decades that make absolutely no sense in today’s world and the way that you need to do business,” she said.
To spread her message and hear from other business communities across the state, Handel visited Savannah after three stops in Roswell. The cities of Dublin, Augusta, Macon and Columbus are also a part of the tour.