Deal's campaign began airing two new TV ads Thursday accusing Carter, a state senator from Atlanta, of playing politics by voting against the governor's budget this year, arguing it included the single largest increase in K-12 education funding in seven years.
Deal, speaking with reporters, noted Carter had voted for three previous budgets and said it's disingenuous to say he's the one who cut education spending.
Carter has responded with an online ad accusing Deal of caring about education only in an election year and shorting schools the funding they needed in previous years, resulting in fewer teachers in the classroom.
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