Senator Perdue Joins Trump For Georgia Rally As Statewide Polling Shows Both Facing Tough Challenges

September 25, 2020

AJC poll: Race for president, Senate contests in Georgia ‘too close to call’

ATLANTA — Senator Perdue joins President Trump for a Georgia rally today as they’re both forced to play defense in their “neck-and-neck” races, with Perdue’s reelection bid “teetering on a knife’s edge.” A recent AJC poll showed independent voters, a voting bloc that traditionally leaned Republican in Georgia, were evenly split between Senator Perdue and his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff. 

As one of Trump’s closest allies, Perdue has joined the president in falsely claiming they’ll protect people with preexisting conditions, an assertion Politifact fact-checked “False.” Perdue said he “support[s] the President in his attempt” to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act and rip away protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions through the Trump-backed GOP lawsuit set to be heard by the Supreme Court a week after Election Day, and Perdue pledged to move with “due haste” to rush through Trump’s as-yet-unknown Supreme Court nominee in order to tilt the balance of the court against the health care law.

Perdue also stood by President Trump throughout the pandemic and repeatedly echoed Trump’s downplaying of the threat of coronavirus, saying the risk of the virus remained low, telling Georgians the economic impact would be little, and even comparing COVID-19 to a bad flu season, even as hospitalizations from the virus surged in Georgia resulting in now over 6,000 deaths. While he was telling Georgians everything was fine, Perdue was dumping stocks and investing in companies that manufacture PPE.  

“Senator Perdue and President Trump have teamed up to lie to Georgians about the threat of coronavirus and their crusade to take away coverage protections for pre-existing conditions, ” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “This rally will likely be another attempt for Perdue and Trump to run away from their disastrous records and deceive small businesses and families who are still in need of economic relief that Senate Republicans failed to deliver.” 

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