This is getting uglier than people expected.
In David Perdue’s opening statement during the Georgia GOP gubernatorial primary debate he spoke about the alleged election fraud. Perdue, who is a former senator, has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and he is going up against Gov. Brian Kemp. On the topic of election fraud, Perdue said Kemp was attempting to “bury the truth” about the 2020 election.
“First off, let me be very clear tonight,” Perdue started, “the election in 2020 was rigged and stolen.” He went on to blame rising gas prices, inflation, illegal immigration, and “the brink of war” on Kemp because the governor allowed “radical Democrats to steal our election.”
Kemp repeatedly mentions how Perdue lost the last election to Democrat Sen. Jon Ossoff. He also appeared to be focusing more on the race against the presumptive Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams. He notably said a few times, “Stacey Abrams is never your governor or your next president” stating that he previously beat her in 2018.
Other topics of debate included crime levels, the economy, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The two Republicans seem to have significantly different opinions on topics of law enforcement, migration, and the state’s economic conditions.
Trump has currently endorsed five candidates running in Georgia, and the governor’s race specifically has been paid a lot of attention to by the former President. Trump and Kemp have been in a public feud since 2020 when after the results of the presidential elections, Kemp did not refuse to certify the state’s election results.
This Perdue said, “Weak leaders take credit when things go well, and blame someone else when it doesn’t.”
Kemp responded with, “Weak leaders blame everybody else for their loss instead of themselves.”
Adding that “looking in the rearview mirror” won’t help them defeat Abrams, who was a commonly mentioned topic in the debate.