ATLANTA, Ga. – With just 24 hours before a pair of runoff elections in Georgia decide the fate of the U.S. Senate, President-elect Joe Biden made his final pitch Monday to Georgia voters to give him a Democratic Senate when he takes office in just over two weeks.
Biden stumped in Georgia for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who are in a tough Senate race against incumbents David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler.
“The power is literally in your hands, unlike any time in my career. One state, one state can chart the course not just for the next four years but for a generation, Biden told supporters at a drive-in rally.
Biden pointed to his own win in Georgia being the first time a Democrat carried the state in a presidential contest since 1992. The President-elect slammed Purdue and Loeffler as “senators who think their loyalty is to Donald Trump, not to Georgia.”
To his point, Loeffler tweeted she will be objecting to the Electoral College Votes certifying Biden as the winner of the November election, citing “an investigation into election irregularities” despite there being no proof of voter fraud as President Donald Trump claimed.
Sticking to his strategy of ignoring the President’s actions, Biden did not comment on the Mr. Trump’s call with Georgia election officials and never mentioned him by name at his event on Monday but he did make a key statement that left no question who he was referring to.
“I don’t know why he wants the job,” he said. “He doesn’t want to do the work.”
Biden pointed to COVID-19 relief as a key reason for Georgians to elect Warnock and Ossoff and flip the Senate to the Democrats.
“If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people,” he said.
If Democrats win both seats, they will flip control of the Senate with Biden set to take office. With two wins, the Democrats would draw an even 50-50 split in the Senate with incoming Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have campaigned multiple times in the Peach State since the November election. Mr. Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in the state on Monday evening and while he is supposed to campaign for Purdue and Loeffler but likely vent his anger about the election he lost instead.
“In America, as our opposition friends are finding out, all power flows from the people, Biden concluded. “Politicians cannot assert, take, or seize power. Power is given, granted by the American people alone.”