Georgia Senator Perdue Predicts Democrats Will Impose 'Socialist Agenda' If They Succeed in Runoffs

Days before the Georgia Senate runoff elections, incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue penned an op-ed for Fox News in which he called for voters to re-elect him and fellow Senator Kelly Loeffler, saying that their Democratic opponents would impose a "radical, socialist agenda."

Perdue noted how Georgia has become a political hub, with so many people's attention turning to the runoff elections, whose results will determine whether Democrats or Republicans end up with control over the Senate.

"If Democrats prevail in the U.S. Senate runoff elections Tuesday they will have the control of Congress they need to impose their radical, socialist agenda on the American people," Perdue, who has been quarantining after a staffer tested positive for COVID Thursday, wrote.

He attacked Loeffler's opponent, Rev. Raphael Warnock, calling him a "radical extremist" and referring to Ossoff as his "far-left sidekick."

The senator claimed that Ossoff "mocked" the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was critical in saving over a million jobs in Georgia.

Perdue appears to be referencing Ossoff's criticisms of the CARES Act. As reported by 11 Alive News, Ossoff has spoken out against some aspects of the CARES act, but did praise the PPP aspect, saying that small businesses should be prioritized over large corporations. The Democratic candidate came under scrutiny from Republicans when his father reportedly received a PPP loan for his business.

"Trillions of dollars have flowed, virtually overnight, to Wall Street investment banks and to some of the largest and most powerful corporations in America," Ossoff said at the time. "Small businesses like my father's, like thousands of small businesses across this state, should come first."

Perdue has also accused Ossoff of having ties to the Chinese Communist Party, which has been a regular attack that the senator has made during his campaign. According to a Newsweek fact check, while Ossoff did have business dealings in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory, the company that Perdue referenced is not owned by the Chinese government.

Perdue said that should he and Loeffler lose their Senate, he believed it would mean "sky-high taxes, illegal immigrants voting, police defunded, our proud military gutted, private health insurance eliminated, small business out of business, and our Supreme Court packed."

The senator then went on to highlight various votes he made during President Donald Trump's administration, including confirming three Supreme Court Justices, "rebuild[ing] our military," and cutting taxes.

Before asking Georgia residents to vote on Tuesday, he again reiterated his beliefs that a Democratic run Senate would make way for a "socialist agenda."

"The stakes could not be higher to make certain that the road to socialism never runs through Georgia," Perdue wrote.

Newsweek reached out to Perdue's press secretary and Ossoff's campaign for comment.

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U.S. Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) speaks to the crowd of supporters during a "Defend the Majority" rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agriculture Center on November 19, 2020 in Perry, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty