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Jon Ossoff Waits For Joe Biden Visit Georgia When Donald Trump Plans A Gop Rally

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Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff has said he would welcome Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘ campaigning support in Georgia ahead of the state’s runoff elections as President Donald Trump prepares to visit later this week.

Ossoff, who is running against incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue, said the pair would be welcomed “with open arms”—though he appreciated that working on the transition process might prevent them from coming.

He previously said he would “look forward” to an opportunity of campaigning alongside Biden and Harris.

In regard to Trump visiting the state on Saturday, December 5, where he will campaign alongside Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Ossoff said he was unfazed in terms of this boosting the Republicans.

“As for President Trump, he’s coming to Georgia empty-handed. I don’t think he’s bringing stimulus for families, I don’t think he’s bringing relief for small businesses,” Ossoff said on MSNBC’s The Last Word.

While Biden has not publicly detailed a visit to Georgia yet, Ron Klain, named as his chief of staff, previously told ABC News’ This Week that he would “expect you’ll see the president-elect travel down there before Election Day.”

Klain said winning the seats in Georgia would be “important” and spoke of doing “everything we can to help those two candidates.”

The runoff races have garnered a heightened focus due to their potential to impact control of the Senate. If the Democrats win both seats, the Senate would be split 50/50. In the event of a tiebreaking vote, this would then go down to the vice president.

Polling has shown the races to be tight, with the campaigns having spent major sums on ads and having accrued substantial fundraising hauls.

Newsweek has contacted Ossoff, Perdue and the Trump campaign for comment on the president’s visit. The Biden transition team has also been reached for comment on the possibility of a visit to the state.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a campaign event on November 19, 2020 in Jonesboro, Georgia. He has said Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be welcomed “with open arms” if they were to visit Georgia.
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