Jon Ossoff Slams GOP Sen. David Perdue For Canceling Last Debate

Nick Visser
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Jon Ossoff, the Democrat vying for a Senate seat in Georgia, said Thursday his GOP competitor, Sen. David Perdue, had canceled their final debate before next week’s election after the pair exchanged heated attacks a day before.

“At last night’s debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation,” Ossoff wrote on Twitter.

HuffPost has reached out to Perdue’s campaign for comment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the debate, scheduled for next Sunday, was canceled after President Donald Trump planned to hold a campaign rally in the state that day. Perdue will join the president at that event instead, his campaign told the publication.

Ossoff and Perdue are neck-and-neck in the polls, although the race could lead to a runoff if neither candidate wins 50% of the vote.

The pair lobbed barbs at each other during their second debate in Savannah on Wednesday. Ossoff called Perdue a “crook” and accused him of undermining Georgians’ health care, while the senator incorrectly attacked the Democrat as a radical who supported the Green New Deal and backed “socialized medicine” (both claims are false).

“It’s not just that you’re a crook, Senator,” Ossoff told Perdue during one moment in the debate, pointing to a bevy of stock trades Perdue made early in the COVID-19 pandemic after lawmakers received a closed-door briefing on the crisis. “It’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent. You did say COVID-19 was no deadlier than the flu. You did say there would be no significant uptick in cases. All the while, you were...

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