U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday endorsed Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
“We’re all working as hard as we can to make sure that the two Democratic candidates win in Georgia,” Sanders, a socialist, said on MSNBC.
“Those two elections will clearly have a profound impact on everybody in our country.”
As reported, U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate against Ossoff and Warnock, respectively.
On CNN last week, Ossoff embraced Sanders.
“I welcome his support,” Ossoff said.
“Again, look, I think that his advocacy for ensuring that health care is a human right in this country is welcome, is necessary, is appreciated. And so is his support.”
Georgia Republican Party spokeswoman Abigail Sigler said in a press release that socialism is on the ballot on January 5.
“Socialist Bernie Sanders, AOC, and radical left-wing groups like BLM PAC are all in for Warnock and Ossoff so they can turn America into a socialist country,” Sigler said.
“We cannot allow that to happen. We must send David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler back to the Senate to fight for the America we know and love.”
As The Georgia Star News reported last month, members of a left-leaning environmental group said Georgia’s two U.S. Senate races are the key to them and their political allies in Washington, D.C. enacting the Green New Deal into law.
Members of this group, the Sunrise Movement, announced their intentions late last month.
According to an emailed Sunrise Movement newsletter, members think they can use the Georgia U.S. Senate elections “to transform this country.” The newsletter did not identify which of the four primary U.S. Senate candidates would help them achieve their goals. The Green New Deal, however, is a Democratic Party initiative.
“Everyone has got Georgia on their minds. The power to build a Green New Deal future is in arm’s reach. These races are important to me because I see what Georgia looks like. For too long, this state has been controlled by people who work with fossil fuel executives and lobbyists—not for the people of Georgia. But their power is crumbling and Georgia finally has a chance not only to contribute to the growing demand for a fair America and the Green New Deal, but to build political power toward a vision that is so much bigger than our state alone,” according to the Sunrise Movement’s newsletter.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Jon Ossoff” by Jon Ossoff. Photo “Raphael Warnock” by Raphel Warnock.