Following his resignation announcement citing health issues, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson shared insights into what led him to his decision to step down and speaks about the impact of naming his successor.
Johnny Isakson: All my life when I was growing up my mother used to always tell me to listen to my body — that it would tell me what I needed to do if I didn't feel good and what I need to do. And I've been listening to my body for about eight years since I got diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and I just knew this summer that it was getting close to the time that if I couldn't give 100% to the people that elected me — they deserved it — and I need to do something where they get 100% otherwise. And so, I'm going to give them a 100% of what I got left for a long, long time. But I thought it was a time for me to go out right now when we could prepare for it and handle correctly and that's why I did it.
Nigut: You are a shrewd, smart politician.
Isakson: Well, I appreciate that.