The runoff elections for 佐治亚州 two U.S. 参议院 seats are continuing to draw big national names Friday, as Sen. Rick Scott is set to appear at a rally in Forsyth County supporting Republican Sens. 大卫·珀杜（David Perdue）和凯利·洛夫勒（Kelly Loeffler）.
史考特, R-Fla。, 在里面 3 下午. event will be the second 佛罗里达 senator this week to stump for his neighbors to the north after Sen. 马可·鲁比奥, R-Fla。, appeared at a packed event with Loeffler and Perdue’s wife, 邦妮, 在星期三.
与此同时, big Democratic names are going to bat for Rev. 拉斐尔·沃诺克（Raphael Warnock）和乔恩·奥索夫（Jon Ossoff）, the party’s challengers to the two Republican incumbents.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, a favorite for a potential Cabinet slot in a Biden administration, joined Warnock for a virtual fundraiser on Thursday. 代表. 亚历山大·奥卡西奥·科尔特斯, D-N.Y。, meanwhile said Thursday she’d raised more than $ 280,000 for Democratic groups that are backing Warnock and Ossoff. 和森. 伯尼·桑德斯, I-Vt。, is raising money directly for the Warnock campaign.
That’s just a smattering of the big names set to get involved in the races that are essentially for control of the Senate in 2021 和 2022, and are eventually expected to attract President Trump and former President Obama to campaign in Georgia.
“We’re going to win in Georgia … because we’re on the right side of the issues,” Scott said in an appearance on “狐狸 & 友人” ahead of his Friday rally. “I put an ad up just taking [关于] exactly what Chuck Schumer said. He says, first we’re going to take Georgia then we’re going to change this country.”
Scott continued: “Which means, for the Democrats, pack the Supreme Court so they can take away our religious freedom, our Second Amendment rights, cut the funding for the police, socialism. ‘Medicare-for-All’ is going to kill private health insurance for 150 million Americans. And the ‘Green New Deal’ that will kill fossil fuels and our economy and spend, 什么, 一些 $ 90 trillion dollars? This is crazy.”
The stakes in the Georgia race are not exactly as high as Scott makes them out to be.
Many Democrats ahead of the Nov. 3 elections were clamoring for court-packing and getting rid of the legislative filibuster in the Senate if Democrats won the presidential race and took control of the Senate. But with the GOP having already locked down 50 Senate seats, the best Democrats can hope for is a 50-50 tie if they sweep the Georgia races, which would allow Vice President-elect Harris to break ties, as long as all Democrats stick together on votes.
和森. 乔·曼钦, 录像机, has been vocal this week that he will oppose things like defunding the police, packing the Supreme Court and getting rid of the Senate’s legislative filibuster, meaning that Democrats will almost certainly not have the votes to do those things.
But President-elect Biden still has an ambitious legislative agenda that could pass, including adding a public health insurance option to the Affordable Care Act (这里) and rolling back the 2017 减税. Both of those controversial issues would presumably be dead on arrival in a GOP-controlled Senate but very much be on the docket if current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y。, controls action on the Senate floor.
There’s also the issue of Biden’s Cabinet and judicial appointments.
“We know that Mitch McConnell will do everything in his power to destroy the incoming administration,” Ossoff said in comments reported Thursday morning by 小山. “We need President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to be able to govern to get us out of this mess and then to build upon the rubble of what’s been destroyed these last four years.”
“Democratic Senate control means that we are able to strengthen and build on the Affordable Care Act and deliver COVID relief for Georgians,” one Ossoff campaign adviser told Fox News on the stakes of Senate control. “That’s what Jon is hearing from Georgians, that they’re sick and tired of Washington dysfunction and they want Washington to get back to work for them.”
不过, Perdue and Loeffler are hammering their Democrat opponents on their “社会主义者” 计划, citing the words of some of the more radical members of the Democratic Party like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, but also Schumer himself and his “now we take Georgia, 然后我们改变美国” 评论.
“查克·舒默（Chuck Schumer）, 南希·佩洛西, and Jon Ossoff want to radically change America by defunding the police, give millions of illegal immigrants the right to vote, and make Washington DC the 51st state,” Perdue tweeted Friday morning, along with an ad that prominently featured Schumer.
The Georgia runoffs are on Jan. 5 and voters have until Dec. 7 to register to vote, 根据 狐狸 5 亚特兰大.