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2022 Midterms: David Perdue won’t run against Raphael Warnock

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On Tuesday, well over a month after losing reelection, former Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) announced that he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2022 against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Perdue’s announcement comes one week after he filed for another campaign with the Federal Election Commission.

“This is a personal decision, not a political one,” Perdue said in an email to supporters. “I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”

“After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not enter the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022,” Perdue continued. “This is a personal decision, not a political one. I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”

“As we saw in my race in November, Georgia is not a blue state,” he added. “The more Georgians that vote, the better Republicans do. These two current liberal US Senators do not represent the values of a majority of Georgians.”

During the 2020 election, there were two Senate races in Georgia. However, no candidate in either race was able to garner more than 50% of the vote, thus triggering runoff elections in accordance with state election rules. On January 5, Perdue and the Peach State’s other GOP incumbent senator, Kelly Loeffler, lost to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Warnock respectively.

The twin runoff races ultimately decided the fate of the Senate for the next two years, giving Democrats a de facto majority in the upper chamber after six years of Republican control. While Democrats control 50 out of the 100 seats, Vice President Kamala Harris acts as the tie-breaking vote.

Adding to the historical significance, Ossoff and Warnock’s victories marked the first time that any Democrats had won a Senate seat in Georgia in roughly two decades.

While the Perdue-Ossoff race was a regular election that would see the winner get a six-year term in the Senate, the Loeffler-Warnock one was a special election, with the winner having to run again in 2022.

Although Perdue is now out of the running, Loeffler left the door open to challenging her 2020 election rival in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution interview published Monday, saying a 2022 campaign is “certainly on the table”.

In December 2019, following former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) resigning for health issues, Loeffler was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) to serve out Isakson’s term until the next-closest election November 2020.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s 60 Minutes Interview Horrifies White House: ‘Does NOT Reflect the OFFICIAL Position’

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Uh oh. Someone let President Joe Biden speak by himself again and damage control immediately ensued. President Joe Biden’s “60 Minutes” interview which aired on CBS Sunday was 60 minutes of pure torture for viewers and 60 minutes of pure angst for the White House; everyone but the president himself.

60 Minutes’ official Twitter account publicly called out the President’s answers with an embarrassing statement that his own administration was in disagreement with him:

“President Biden tells 60 Minutes that U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the vent of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed.”

CBS’ Scott Pelley also discussed inflation; an issue drastically affecting the welfare and wellbeing of families. Biden deflected with zero sympathy:

As for President Biden’s son Joe, he is sticking with the narrative that Hunter is the “smartest” person he knows and that “there’s not a single thing that I’ve observed at all that would affect me or the United States relative to my son Hunter.”

Biden also said that while the “proof of the pudding is in the eating” in response to being asked if he is fit to be President, Biden did not commit to saying whether or not he will run for re-election. His “intention” is to run again, “but that’s just intention” he said. “Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

 

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