Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) Will ignore the final scheduled debate with rival Jon Ossoff after Democrats launched a fiery attack at a forum on Wednesday went viral .
During Wednesday’s debate on WTOC, Ossoff criticized Perdue for downplaying the threat of the coronavirus epidemic at the same time he was buying shares in healthcare companies and selling stakes in related industries. to travel.
“Perhaps Senator Perdue would have responded properly to the Covid-19 pandemic if you had not been against a lot of federal investigations of insider trading,” said Ossoff, as Perdue stared at the camera seriously. notch. “It’s not just that you are a con man, Senator. It is you attacking the health of the people you represent.
The video of the exchange posted to Ossoff̵7;s Twitter feed was viewed nearly 10 million times late on Thursday.
In an emailed statement to reporters, Perdue’s campaign said the senator would ignore the remaining debate, scheduled for Sunday on WSB-TV, and would instead attend one. demonstration with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHill Clinton replied to Chrissy Teigen’s tweet: ‘I love you back’ Police called after the Florida moms refused to wear a mask at the school board meeting on mask policy the Supreme Court declined Trump’s attempt to shorten the deadline for mail-based voting in North Carolina MORE.
“As lovely as another argument when Jon Ossoff lied to the people of Georgia, Senator Perdue would not participate in the WSB-TV debate but would instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a Get-Out – The voting rallies in Northwest Georgia, ”said Perdue spokesman John Burke.
Burke said Perdue spent eight of the last 14 days of the campaign in Washington working on the COVID-19 relief, which has yet to move to the Senate and vote to confirm Justice. Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney Barrett The supreme court dismisses Trump’s attempt to shorten the deadline for mail-based voting in North Carolina Trump fights for the battlefield Arizona Supreme Court won’t track GOP bids fast to block mail-voting extensions Pennsylvania ADDED.
“To make up for lost time, Senator Perdue has planned more than 20 campaign stops for these race closing days, and he is delighted to welcome and join President Trump at Georgia by 3 November to campaign for both re-election efforts, ”Burke said.
In a statement in his own, Ossoff called Perdue’s exit “cowardice.”
Both the Perdue race to the Perdue seat and the Georgia electoral ballot were significantly competitive for a state the Republicans had won in their last six presidential elections.
Polls over the past two weeks have found the necks and necks of Ossoff and Perdue; a Monmouth poll published this week showed Ossoff the lead with two points, and a CBS News poll published over the weekend showed Perdue up one point. Monmouth found the former vice president joe BidenJoe BidenHill Clinton in reply to Chrissy Teigen’s tweet: ‘I love you back’ Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s attempt to shorten the deadline to shorten the North Carolina mail-based vote overnight Defense: Trump campaign using helicopter military raises ethical concerns | Air Force jets intercepted planes during Trump’s rally The senators introduced the bill to expand the visa category MORE lead Trump two, while CBS closed the race at 49% each.
Perdue and a few other senators – including his fellow seatmate, Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly Loeffler Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden’s Great Battlefield | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Voter turnout spiked among new Biden voters 5 points ahead of Trump in Georgia in new poll Biden pushed into Trump territory MORE (R) – under scrutiny for stock transactions in their portfolios after they received a private press conference on the coronavirus epidemic on Jan. 24. Perdue’s account sold roughly $ 800,000 in stock and $ 1.8 million in additional purchases in other companies.
Perdue has said that his financial planners do transactions on behalf of hjis. The Senate Ethics Committee removed Perdue for misconduct. Perdue’s campaign told the Atlanta-Constitution Journal that the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department have also closed questions on the matter, although a spokesperson said there is no official document to support. prove it.
Ossoff, an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker, is running for the second time this year after losing his controversial special election to Congress in 2017.