Georgia Sen. David Perdue on Thursday withdrew from the final debate in his tight re-election race, a day after his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, called him ” fraudsters “and accuses the vulnerable Republicans of trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic.
Rivals were scheduled to go head-to-head on Sunday on Atlanta WSB, the third debate in one of two major Senate races in Georgia could determine which side controls the room. The candidates pledged to debate in September, according to Mr. Ossoff’s campaign.
The first news came on Thursday night when Mr. Ossoff wrote on Twitter that Perdue had canceled his appointment.
“At the debate last night, millions saw that Perdue had no answer when I called him about blatant corruption records, widespread disease and economic devastation,” Ossoff wrote. “Shame on you, Senator.”
A spokesman for Mr. Perdue confirmed that he would not participate in the debate and said in a statement that the senator was using his time better.
“Just as lovely as another debate when hearing Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia, Senator Perdue will not participate in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a great meeting, said spokesman John Burke.
Mr Ossoff’s sore comments about Perdue’s behavior come in a heated debate that underscores a bitter partisan divide in what used to be a safe Republican state. Mr. Perdue, 70, said he did nothing wrong and accused Mr. Ossoff, 33, of pursuing a “radical socialist agenda” that would result in higher taxes.
Mr. Perdue, a former CEO of a wealthy company, bought shares in DuPont de Nemours, which sells personal protective equipment, on January 24, the same day he received a confidential meeting on the threat. threats caused by coronaviruses, The Atlanta Journal reported. .
“You’re not just a scammer, Senator,” Mr. Ossoff said, turning his face toward his social outcast as Perdue’s eyes were still fixed on the camera. “It’s you attacking the health of the people you represent. You said Covid-19 is no more dangerous than the flu. You said there would be no significant increase in cases. All while you are taking care of your own property and your own portfolio. “
Mr. Perdue has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and said that any transaction he made was done by a financial advisor without his knowledge.
“The thing that annoys me the most,” Mr. Perdue said of Mr. Ossoff, “is that he will say and do anything with my friends in Georgia to deceive them about his radical and communal agenda. how is societyism “.
Recent polls show that Perdue and Mr. Ossoff are in a hot mood. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, they’ll compete in a January spillover election.
Mr. Ossoff – echoing Democrats’ national strategy focusing on health care – continues to criticize Mr. Perdue for voting repeatedly to abolish the Affordable Care Act and try to adopt Protection measures from the Obama era for patients with pre-existing diseases.
Mr. Perdue pointed out the law he co-sponsored that he claims to provide “protection for pre-existing conditions.”
The senator’s bill, going nowhere, says insurance companies cannot refuse coverage based on “any pre-existing condition”, but it contains a major flaw, leading the public to Insurance companies may deny the patient if the provider is “incapable of providing adequate services. “
Georgia’s other Senate race is imminent, though Pastor Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat and pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, took the lead in the polls. recently. He faces Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican who has been appointed to her chair; Representative Doug Collins, another Republican member; and a number of other candidates. That race will almost certainly lead to a flow. Ms. Loeffler faced similar criticisms of stock trading before Americans became aware of the importance of the virus.