Perdue declined an invitation to participate in a Dec. 6 debate with her Democratic rival, said MaryLynn Ryan, president of the Atlanta Press Club, which holds two separate debates for the two rounds of the Senate.
Ossoff’s campaign told CNN that they accepted the Press Club’s invitation, with Ossoff tweeting on Sunday: “Seems like Senator David Perdue is too cowardly to debate me again. … Senator, come and try to defend your record. I am ready to go. ”
Perdue’s campaign did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. Georgia’s senior senator drew fire after withdrawing from a debate just before Election Day, following a debate that saw Ossoff calling Perdue a “crook” and Perdue accusing Ossoff of taking advantage of China. Instead, Perdue attended a Trump rally in northwest Georgia.
Perdue and Ossoff are heading for a runoff on Jan.5 after neither candidate could collect 50% of the vote on election day. Since then, the Republican of Georgia has thrown himself behind Donald Trump’s false allegations of electoral fraud, joining fellow Republican Georgia Kelly Loeffler in calling on Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down.
The Atlanta Press Club said invitations were also sent to the Loeffler campaign and its challenger, Reverend Raphael Warnock, to participate in a separate debate on the same day. Warnock’s campaign has tentatively agreed, while Loeffler’s campaign has yet to respond.
Caroline Kenny of CNN contributed to this report.