Debate Ahead Of Senate Runoffs Was 50%: Ossoff Versus Empty Stage
Georgian candidates for Senate seats, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue were supposed to face off against each other in Atlanta, but incumbent Senator Purdue refused to attend the event.
The reason for David Perdue's withdrawal from the debate was the danger of infection with Covid-19. Jon Ossoff has repeatedly called his opponent “arrogant” and a “coward” for refusing to answer questions, while the US is “losing thousands of people per day to this virus”.
“The reason that we are losing thousands of people per day to this virus is because of the arrogance of politicians like David Perdue. So arrogant that he disregarded public health expertise and so arrogant that he’s not with us here today to answer questions," the Democrat said during a question about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Georgia. “It shows an astonishing arrogance and sense of entitlement for Georgia’s senior U.S. senator to believe he shouldn’t have to debate at a moment like this in our history.”
One of the main questions that Ossoff asked empty space was the question of financial assistance to the Americans, which Perdue rejects and does not even try to defend the need for the residents of Georgia for this money.
“Why he continues to oppose $1,200 stimulus checks for the American people at this moment in crisis, why he fought against them in the first place and why he isn’t in Washington right now championing direct financial relief?” Ossoff asked. “If I had the opportunity to ask the senator a question, if the senator were not too much of a coward to debate in public.”
I had to ask an empty podium a question. pic.twitter.com/wmydtUuPRw— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 7, 2020
Ossoff then made several tweets referring to Purdue's absence from the debate.
????— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 6, 2020