David Perdue Compares Georgia Senate Races to World War II and Korean War

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) has compared the upcoming Senate runoff elections in Georgia to war, adding that he and his Republican colleague Senator Kelly Loeffler are facing a "moment of truth."

Perdue made the remarks while speaking on Fox News during Sean Hannity's prime time show on Tuesday night. Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy was filing in for Hannity, whose show is the most-watched in cable news and a useful place for Perdue to appeal to likely conservative voters.

Perdue is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff in the January 5 election, while Loeffler is running against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. The outcome of the runoffs will determine control of the Senate for the next two years.

"We've never had a race like this," Perdue told Gowdy.

"And we know the eyes of the state are on Kelly Loeffler and me, in terms of trying to hold the line here against this leftist, radical, socialist agenda that the Democrats seem to be bent on."

Perdue cited the Green New Deal, socialized medicine and defunding police as some examples of that agenda.

"Every generation has a moment of truth; my dad was in World War II and Korea," Perdue went on. "Every generation has a moment."

"The eyes of America, and I think the eyes of every future generation, are on us right now here in Georgia. And our responsibility is not to let them down."

From Senator Perdue's appearance tonight on Hannity: pic.twitter.com/pdzcWycAvB

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The U.S. fought Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan, among others, during World War II, while the Korean War was a Cold War conflict that saw American troops and their allies fight North Korea, which had support from the Soviet Union and China.

Loeffler has also spoken about the election in stark terms, seeking to depict her opponent, Raphael Warnock, as a far-left socialist. She made the comments in an interview with Hannity on December 16.

"We are the firewall to socialism in this country... President [Donald] Trump was here last week, he said to Georgians 'vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, you have to exercise your right to vote,'" Loeffler said.

"And he's absolutely right. If we don't vote, we could see the election of America's first Marxist senator in this country, right here in Georgia. And that's why we're the firewall," she said.

Recent polls show Warnock with a slim lead over Loeffler, while Perdue and Ossoff are essentially neck-and-neck. Democrats have historically performed poorly in special elections in Georgia.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue
Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (R-GA) speaks to the crowd during a campaign rally with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on December 20, 2020 in Cumming, Georgia. The Senate Firewall campaign event comes ahead of a crucial runoff election for Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on January 5th that will determine what party controls the United States Senate. Perdue has compared the race to World War II. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images