Senator Kelly Loeffler refused to admit President Donald J. Trump lost the 2020 General Election, repeated the Republican buzzwords, and robotically labeled her opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, as a “Radical Liberal,” more than twelve times. The debate was hosted by the Atlanta Press Club, broadcast throughout the state via Georgia Public Broadcasting, and simulcast on cable news networks, it became clear the incumbent Loeffler was not going to be unnerved by anyone, even the assembled debate panel, in an attempt to remind the Republican Party about the things it’s already afraid of.
First and foremost, Loeffler said there were 250 investigations opened in the state of Georgia based upon the fairness of the election. She did not repeat President Trump’s claim of the election being “rigged”, however, she supported Trump’s legal option to pursue remedies.
Reverend Warnock would return to this subject later in the debate asking Loeffler outright, “Yes or no, Sen. Loeffler: did Donald Trump lose the election?”
Loeffler again reiterated her support for Trump to “use every legal recourse available.”
During the debate, Senator Loeffler painted Warnock as an anti-police Marxist whose sole mission is to destroy America’s ideals, while she touted the fact she worked her way from the farms she grew up on in Stanford, Illinois to become a successful businesswoman. Conversely, Warnock talked about how he was the eleventh of twelve children that arose from public housing in Savannah, Georgia to be named the pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church at 35 years old.
“Chuck Schumer said it best: ‘Now we take Georgia, then we change America.’ They would increase taxes, open borders, socialize our health care. My opponent, radical liberal Raphael Warnock, is his agent of change,” Loeffler said, adding that as senator she is working hard for “every single Georgian.”
Warnock would later accuse Loeffler of profiting from the Coronavirus pandemic.
“You dumped millions of dollars of stock in order to protect your own investments and then weeks later when there came an opportunity to give ordinary Georgians an extra $600 of relief, you said you saw no need and called it counterproductive.”
Loeffler fired back, “I’ve been completely exonerated. Those are lies perpetrated by the left-wing media and Democrats to distract from their radical agenda. Since I got to the Senate, I’ve worked hard to deliver relief to Georgians during this pandemic and I’m continuing to do that.”
Later on, Warnock was asked if he would be in favor of expanding the court.
“People aren’t asking me about the courts and whether we should expand the courts. I know it’s an interesting question for people inside the beltway to discuss,” Warnock answered.
Pressed again by the reporter asking the question, Warnock again didn’t give an answer.
“I’m really not focused on it. And I think that too often the politics in Washington has been about the politicians,” Warnock said, before continuing his response by talking about his focus on Georgians getting Covid-19 relief and health care.
Warnock told Loeffler that she took a sermon out of context when she attacked him for a line in an attack ad that said, “You can’t serve both God and the military.” Loeffler, who tweeted that the anti-faith attacks against then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barett were “disgusting”, would attack Warnock for his religious faith.
“I was preaching that day from very familiar Matthew text that said you can’t serve God and Mammon. It was a sermon about a moral foundation for everything that we do,” Warnock said. “And that when you have everything in order, that actually makes you better solider. It also makes you better senator. And had Kelly Loeffler listened to the sermon, rather than trying to make a cheap political point, she would not have used her advantages as US senator to make millions on a pandemic while playing it down to the people she was supposed to be representing.”
Loeffler was put off by those comments and accused Warnock of lecturing her on the Bible and accused him of using the Bible to justify abortion.
“I don’t need a lecture from someone who has used the Bible to not only justify attacking our military. That’s not in Matthew 6:24. It doesn’t say you can’t serve the military and God. But he’s also used the Bible to justify abortion. I cannot stand by and let Georgians not know who my opponent is, how radical his views are, and how he would fundamentally change our country. He’s out of step with Georgia’s values,” Loeffler said.
Warnock would later defend his stance on religion and abortion.
“The question is: whose decision is it? And I happen to think that a patient’s room is too small a place for a woman, her doctor, and the U.S. Government. I think that’s too many people in the room,” he said.
“It is clear to me that my opponent is going to work really hard, spending millions of dollars of her own money, trying to push a narrative about me because she is clearly decided that she does not have a case to be made for why she should stay in that seat,” Warnock explained.
In a race that has garnered national attention due to the balance of power in the United States Senate that is currently hanging in the balance, both candidates made their claims to the kind of America they’d bring about if elected. Both candidates promised to take the COVID-19 vaccine, once it’s safe and available.