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Handel and Ossoff Congressional Debate

08 Juin 2017

"I will not, not be lectured by you or anyone else", Handel told Ossoff at one point.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are competing in a special election to fill the seat vacated by HHS Secretary Tom Price.

Republican Karen Handel, seen here campaigning in Roswell, Georgia, in April, said on Tuesday night that she does not support a "livable wage". The Democrat left it to others, including high-spending Super PACs, to characterize his campaign as a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

We'll see if Democrats can put together an actual, rather than just moral, victory on June 20.

After Handel asked the question, Ossoff hesitated, and then asked, "Is that the question?"

Never before has so much of the national electoral narrative rested on the shoulders of two suburban candidates for one of 435 seats in the U.S. House.

For his part, Ossoff sidesteps the electoral math and its implications beyond Georgia.

Mr. Ossoff, a former congressional aide and documentary filmmaker, countered that Ms. Handel, a former secretary of state, is a partisan who will serve as a "rubber stamp" for special interest groups in Washington.

Handel replied, "Actually, it is of concern to the people of the 6th District that you do not live in our community".

Ossoff? He apparently had to be goaded last month into saying he'd support a Republican bill to block funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops providing aid to terrorists.

Referendum On Trump? The latest polls leading up to Election Day have The Atlanta Journal Constitution calling the special election in Georgia's 6th a "nail-biter".

Democrats are hoping to tout an Ossoff win as proof that Mr. Trump is falling out of favor with voters.

Handel, meanwhile, repeatedly attempted to latch Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Ossoff came for Handel's troubled legacy at the breast cancer nonprofit, Susan G. Komen.

The two were pressed on where they would break from their parties' most recent presidents.

"We just couldn't believe Trump won", Gray says.

From a crowded field of 18 candidates, Georgia's 6th Congressional District race is down to the final two. That would have forced Ossoff to specify what he meant by a "living wage", and made the amount, not the concept, the focus.

"All my favorite podcasts have had him on, so that's pretty cool", Hanson says.

Like Kennedy, Ossoff also comes from a wealthy family. Clinton regularly blasted Trump, while her voter turnout efforts tried to replicate Obama's electorate. It's also getting a lot of national exposure. Ultimately, she fell short of Obama's vote totals among minorities, young voters and whites.

Ossoff, who had narrowly missed winning the seat Republicans have held for the last 40 years in April, said he supported the wage increase by stating "the minimum wage should be a livable wage".

"Unfortunately, after weeks of parity [in campaign ads], the head-to-headnumbers simply did not move, according to multiple data sets before and after the investments", she added.

Handel and Ossoff Congressional Debate