ATLANTA – US President-elect Joe Biden told Georgian voters on Tuesday that they needed to secure two second-round victories in the Democratic Senate in January so that his administration could face the coronavirus pandemic and other national challenges with force.
Fresh out of the Electoral College, claiming his victory, Biden campaigned alongside Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock as they attempted to topple Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the run-off of the January 5 election which will determine which party controls the Senate. The president-elect, who won Georgia in November, warned that Republican victories would leave him facing the kind of GOP obstruction that has hampered former President Barack Obama for most of his two terms.
“There is so much we can do, so much that can improve the lives of people in Georgia and across the country,” Biden said at a drive-through rally outside of downtown Atlanta on the second. early voting day. “And we need senators willing to do it, for God’s sake.”
Biden has criticized Perdue and Loeffler as “roadblocks” for failing to support a new large-scale economic aid package as the coronavirus pandemic increases. In contrast, he said Ossoff and Warnock “will fight for progress and not just to hinder”.
“Are you ready to vote for two American senators who can say the word ‘yes’ and not just ‘no’?” Biden said supporters gathered at the rail yard were honking their horns.
Hours earlier in Washington, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell first admitted that Biden defeated President Donald Trump after spending weeks in silence over the President’s false claims that Biden had stole the election through widespread electoral fraud. In fact, election officials across the country, including some Georgia Republicans, vouched for the integrity of the voting process and the tables.
Perdue and Loeffler have yet to publicly acknowledge that Biden is president-elect, and they have joined with Trump in questioning the integrity of election results in Georgia and other battlefield states Biden has won. .
Loeffler tweeted at noon on Tuesday: “I’ll never stop fighting for â † • realDonaldTrump because he never stopped fighting for us!” Campaign assistants to both senators did not respond to a new survey on Tuesday asking whether they recognize the reality of Biden’s election.
Biden mocked Perdue and Loeffler for publicly supporting a failed Texas lawsuit essentially asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn election results in Georgia and other battlefields. The highest court in the country unanimously rejected the request.
“They have fully endorsed the cancellation of nearly 5 million votes in Georgia,” Biden said. “Maybe your senators were just confused. Maybe they think they represent Texas. Well, if you want to bid from Texas, you should go to Texas. ”
Despite their reluctance to accept Biden’s victory, Republicans have tacitly acknowledged Biden’s victory in the way they talk about the importance of the second round. Lost, Loeffler and their allies have issued dire warnings that a Democratic Senate will guarantee a left turn in the federal government. Democrats are expected to win both seats in Georgia to force a 50-50 Senate, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote.
Republicans need one of Georgia’s two seats for McConnell to remain majority leader and set the Senate agenda. McConnell has repeatedly described himself as an obstacle to Democrats’ political ideas about healthcare, overhauling the nation’s energy grid and reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change, among other things.
Democrats in Georgia have not been as keen as their Republican rivals to embrace the nationalization of runoff, in part because Democratic victories in the longtime GOP stronghold still involve a patchwork coalition that ranges from progressives and liberals in metropolitan areas with moderate and small commuters – townspeople who dislike Trump but may be more reluctant to have Democrats control Capitol Hill and the White House.
Speaking before Biden, Ossoff approached the issue most directly. “If Mitch McConnell controls the Senate, they will try to do Joe and Kamala, just like they tried to do President Obama,” he said, referring to years of deadlocking McConnell legislation and appointments. at Obama’s court. “They will block the COVID relief we need. They will freeze the minimum wage of $ 15. They will block the civil rights law and the voting rights law that we need. They will block affordable health care. We can’t let this happen, Georgia. ”
Warnock said the outcome was “a matter of life and death” due to COVID-19 relief and health care legislation, although he did not explicitly mention McConnell or the control of the Senate.
Biden also used the trip to catch up with major supporters who helped him win Georgia. He praised voting rights lawyer Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, for her years of organizational work which registered hundreds of thousands of new voters. He also singled out Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who gave Biden one of his first high-profile recommendations in 2019.
After speaking, Biden snuggled up with Bottoms, who has been mentioned for various Cabinet positions, before leaving.