Ossoff speaks directly to Senator Perdue: “Get on a plane to Washington and vote for $1,200 stimulus checks for your constituents who are hurting right now, Senator.”
Atlanta, Ga. — Today, investigative journalist and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff joined the premiere episode of “The Sunday Show” with Jonathan Capehart to discuss what’s at stake in the January 5 runoff, the launch of his Health, Jobs, and Justice bus tour across the Peach State, and to call on Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) to deliver direct financial relief to struggling working families and small businesses in Georgia.
Ossoff shared the “unprecedented enthusiasm” in Georgia as early voting begins Monday and the potential for the next two years to be “the most productive for civil rights and voting rights since 1964 and 1965” if Democrats win the Senate.
Ossoff then discussed his plans to work with the Biden administration to fight for Health, Jobs, and Justice for all Georgians, including working to “raise the minimum wage, relieve student debt burden, invest in clean energy,” and more.
When asked what Ossoff would say to Senator Perdue directly, since Perdue ducked out of debating Ossoff and being held accountable for his record, Ossoff called on Perdue to “Get on a plane to Washington and vote for $1,200 stimulus checks for your constituents who are hurting right now, Senator.”
Find key highlights from the interview below.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented enthusiasm here in Georgia. And what’s really happening is that this movement that blossomed in opposition to Donald Trump is now standing up for what we can achieve when this new administration takes office, but can only achieve if we win the U.S. Senate.
“The sense of opportunity, the sense of obligation, the sense of hope about what’s possible – we can make the next two years the most productive for civil rights and voting rights since 1964 and 1965.
“We can resource this public health response, beat this virus, get our daily lives back, get direct economic relief to the people. We can invest in clean energy and infrastructure and jobs.
“We feel excited in Georgia because we have the chance to make a difference, to send a message heard across the country that the people of the United States are ready for good government in the public interest.
“And early voting begins Monday, so we’re just building that enthusiasm, that movement energy to get out and vote early this week.”
“When you’ve got Perdue and Loeffler, the two most notoriously corrupt members of the U.S. Senate, they’re not going to inspire anybody to come out and vote for them. So rather than campaigning, rather than going out in public, I mean, my opponent won’t even debate me. Rather than justifying his power and asking for support, he’s trying to disenfranchise the very people who pay his salary.
“Reverend Warnock and I are going to win these races on January 5 so that this incoming administration can enact legislation that serves the people, so that we can get big things done, so that we can raise the minimum wage, relieve student debt burden, invest in clean energy.
“There is so much to do. And here in Georgia, Jonathan, we’re about to launch this Health, Jobs, and Justice bus tour across the state right now.
“You got the young, Jewish journalist son-of-an-immigrant mentored by John Lewis running alongside a Black preacher, Reverend Warnock, who holds Dr. King’s pulpit at Ebenezer Church building a movement for Health, Jobs, and Justice for the people.
“And we’re running against like the Bonnie and Clyde of corruption in American politics, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. We’re going to win these races. And then we’re going to write the next chapter in American history, and it will be a better and brighter one for working people.”
“I would say ‘Get on a plane to Washington and vote for $1,200 stimulus checks for your constituents who are hurting right now, Senator.’ I mean, the fact that they’ve gone eight months without passing direct economic relief for working families and small businesses.
“They don’t care. They don’t care about the suffering of working people in this country.
“They’ve been enriching themselves in office. They got to go. Early voting begins on Monday.”
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