Karen Handel: I Hope President Trump Comes To Campaign; "All Republicans, All Hands On Deck"


Karen Handel, who emerged as the Republican candidate out of last night's 6th District Congressional primary in Georgia, speaks to CNN's Alyson Camerota about her plan to win in the June election.

CAMEROTA: Thanks for being here.

You just tweeted moments ago to Donald Trump, "thank you for the call this morning." What did the president tell you?

HANDEL: He just called to say congratulations and encourage me and let me know that as we go into June 20th, that, you know, it's all hands on deck for Republicans. And we take it very seriously. And I'm proud to be the Republican going to the run-off. And I think it's important in this district. This is a district where people know me and they trust me. And that's a big contrast to the Democrat who doesn't even live in the district. Gosh, he couldn't even vote for himself yet.

CAMEROTA: Do you think that President Trump will come to Georgia and campaign with you?

HANDEL: I -- I would hope so. I mean, look, we -- all Republicans, it is all hands on deck for us. We know what’s at stake here and I don't think that any -- this is about any one person. We all have to rise above it, that it is about the district that has a long legacy of Republican leadership, from my good friend current HHS Secretary Tom Price, to Senator Isakson and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. So we are all, including the very good ten other Republican candidates, we are all going to be united because we know what our job is over the next 60 days.

CAMEROTA: I mean, very quickly, President Trump only won there by one percentage point. Are you certain that he will be an asset for you in the district?

HANDEL: Again, it is all Republicans all hands on deck. So we are going to be united.

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