Biden to GA Voters: Vote Blue and You’ll Get Your $2K Stimulus Check
President-elect Joe Biden made one last trip to Atlanta on Monday to speak directly to the people who could flip the Senate majority from red to blue. Appearing in his signature aviator sunglasses at a rally to boost Tuesday’s Senate runoff elections, the energetic Biden spoke warmly of the two Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, and promised the crowd that voting for both men would mean they’d get what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused them since last May: their own money.
Biden referenced the $2000 stimulus checks three times during his short speech, claiming the debate about direct payments isn’t some “abstract debate,” it’s about “real lives.” If voters send Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler back to Washington, Biden said, “those checks will never get there.” The President-elect repeatedly blasted Loeffler and Perdue over their “loyalty” to Trump, saying, “You have two senators who think their loyalty is to Donald Trump, not Georgia.”
Perdue and Loeffler joined Democrats and Donald Trump in backing $2,000 direct payments last month, but only after realizing the political opportunity the stance would provide. They had both previously backed efforts to cut off COVID19 relief money in the state. McConnell blocked the effort, calling $2,000 payments “socialism for the rich.” Warnock and Ossoff have also publicly backed the $2,000 direct payments.
With just one day to go until the Georgia Senate runoffs, I’m in Atlanta to get out the vote. Tune in. https://t.co/I4MBUj0g3o
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 4, 2021
Wins for Warnock and Ossoff would ensure a quick passing of the stimulus package because Democrats would then narrowly control the Senate (the breakdown would be 50 Democrats-50 Republicans, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking the tie), as well as the White House and the House of Representatives. If either Warnock or Ossoff loses, Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have to work with McConnell for at least two more years.