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Sen. Sam Nunn On Johnny Isakson’s Retirement, Daughter Michelle’s Interest In Seat

WABE's Jim Burress connected with Sam Nunn, who was at Ted Turner's ranch in California.
WABE's Jim Burress connected with Sam Nunn, who was at Ted Turner's ranch in California.
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A day after Georgia’s Senior Senator, Republican Johnny Isakson, announced he’d step down from the U.S. Senate at the end of the year, talk has shifted to who will serve out the remaining year of his term.

Behind the scenes, in both parties, there’s pressure to select the perfect candidate. That’s because the implications of that choice will influence the 2020 election and beyond.

Sam Nunn knows all about the pressure. The Democrat spent decades in Washington representing Georgia in the U.S. Senate, himself retiring in the late ’90s.

WABE’s Jim Burress connected with Nunn, who was at Ted Turner’s ranch in California. And through a somewhat fuzzy telephone  connection, they discussed Nunn’s view of Isakson, as well as a possible Democrat to replace him. Politicos have circulated Michelle Nunn, his daughter, as a possibility.  On Thursday’s All Things Considered, Burress began the conversation by asking if Sam Nunn had been in touch with Sen. Isakson since yesterday’s announcement: