Democratic Challenger Ossoff Slams GOP Sen. Perdue in Georgia Debate
For the first time in decades Georgia is in play in both in the presidential and senate races. Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff might just have landed a knockout punch against GOP incumbent Sen. David Perdue at last night’s debate in Savannah.
Late in the debate Ossoff unleashed a blistering attack on the 70-year-old former businessman for his blind adherence to Trumpism and for following the lead of the president in playing down the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Perhaps Senator Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading,” said Ossoff, referencing probes into Perdue’s stock trades. The senator’s campaign says he has been cleared of wrongdoing. “It’s not just that you’re a crook, senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent.”
Perdue, who made headlines two weeks ago by trying to score political points by mocking Sen. Kamala Harris’s first name, stood silent and motionless as Ossoff pummeled him. A clip of the takedown went viral on Twitter, probably because it perfectly illustrates the weakness and fealty of vulnerable GOP senators who toe the Trump line.
“Can you look down the camera and tell the people of this state why you voted four times to allow insurance companies to deny us health coverage because we may suffer from diabetes or heart disease or asthma or have cancer in remission? Why, senator, why?” Ossoff asked.
Sen. David Perdue is out for himself — not for our health. pic.twitter.com/zbtmw6rU4Q
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020
Ossoff also tore into Perdue for the way the senator has attempted to portray the 30-year-old challenger. “First, you were lengthening my nose in attack ads to remind everybody that I’m Jewish,” Ossoff said. Then, when that didn’t work you started calling me some kind of Islamic terrorist. And then when that didn’t work, you started calling me a Chinese communist. It’s ridiculous and you shouldn’t do everything your handlers in Washington tell you to do because you’ll lose your soul along the way, senator.”
Ossoff to Perdue:
“First, you were lengthening my nose in attack ads to remind everyone I was Jewish” pic.twitter.com/6agclGULFo
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) October 29, 2020