Harris and Ivanka Trump reunite in Georgia ahead of Senate second round
MILTON, Ga. (AP) – During her campaign in Georgia on Monday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stressed the need to elect Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate who will advance President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda. Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, has warned that failing to re-elect the two Republican incumbents in next month’s decisive second round could erode her father’s legislative achievements.
Telling a crowd in Columbus that “everything is at stake” in January 5th contest, Harris said Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock would advance Biden policy priorities such as increasing funding for schools in low-income districts, a $ 15,000 tax credit for home buyers. ‘a first house and police reforms.
“We’re going to need the legislation to pass,” Harris said. “We will need Jon and Raphael in the United States Senate. These are the things that are at stake. ”
Harris’ other scheduled shutdown was canceled due to a scheduled Senate vote on a coronavirus relief program.
Speaking before Harris, Ossoff warned Republicans would block the Biden administration’s agenda if they kept control of the Senate, preventing a progressive platform to raise the minimum wage, expand access to care health and investing in infrastructure.
“We have too much good work to do, Columbus, to be stuck in a stalemate and an obstruction,” he said.
Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and a senior White House adviser, met Republican U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on Monday outside a pub in Milton, a wealthy suburb about 30 miles north of Atlanta.
To the crowd shouting “We love Trump!” and “Fight for Trump!” she implored voters to send Republicans back to the Senate “to protect everything America stands for.” She called the second round “the most important congressional race in history,” and described Perdue and Loeffler as the “last line of defense” against the Democrats. agenda and for his father in Congress.
“We need David and Kelly in the Senate to keep our economy running, to continue to deliver on the President’s plans and to keep our schools open,” she said, drawing cheers from the public.
As she spoke, touting her father’s unemployment and work record on a COVID-19 vaccine, a truck pulling a huge “Trump 2020” sign circled the streets, prompting members of the public to take videos and selfies.
Monday’s appearances were part of a series of pre-second-round visits by high-level substitutes for the outgoing president and president-elect. Biden himself is already perplexed in Georgia, and Vice President Mike Pence has made several visits. President Donald Trump said late on Saturday that he would return on January 4th for an Election Watch rally, just two days before the Congress meeting to count the Electoral College’s votes.
Trump refused to accept the results of his own electoral defeat, alleging without evidence a plot to start the election in Biden. In a tweet announcing his plans for Georgia, Trump continued to express anger at Republican Governor Brian Kemp and GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for certifying Biden’s victory over him by more than 11,000 votes.
Perdue and Loeffler both avoided explicit public recognition of Biden’s victory by attacking Raffensperger.
Before Ivanka Trump’s remarks, Perdue, who is running against Ossoff, reiterated her warning to Georgians that “the eyes of the world are on us right now.” Loeffler, who is disputed by Warnock, reiterated his campaign’s claim that the pastor is a radical and socialist. “If we don’t vote, we won’t just lose; we will lose the country, ”she said.
Warnock has rejected repeated searches by his opponent, which he says have hampered his attempts “at a substantive debate on the Georgian people”.
“My opponent is trying to reduce this race to the kind of empty schoolyard insults made between kids not thinking very carefully about a playground,” he said. “I’m trying to have a debate, and she’s engaged in name calling. That’s fine. As we say in the South, ‘Bless her heart.'”
Thanawala reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.