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Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock

The Hill logo The Hill 22/11/2020 19:22:10 Zack Budryk
Ron Klain wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock © Getty ImagesTop aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock

Ron Klain, President-elect Joe Biden's newly named chief of staff, said Sunday that Biden will likely visit Georgia to campaign for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the two Democratic candidates in the state's January Senate runoffs.

"Winning those two Senate seats in Georgia is important, but we're going to do everything we can to help those two ... great candidates in Georgia, help them win," Klain said on ABC's "This Week." "We've already moved people who were working on the Biden campaign on the recounts down there over to be supportive in the field work for our two candidates down there, and I expect you'll see the president-elect travel down there before Election Day."

Victories by both Warnock and Ossoff over Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R) and David Perdue (R), respectively, would result in a 50-50 split in the Senate after the GOP held several seats that were top Democratic targets in the 2020 election.

"The thing -- the reality, of course, George, is that even if we win them both, and I think we will win them both -we're going to have a closely divided Senate kind of under any scenario," Klain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

"And I think one challenge that the president-elect has taken on is trying to work with members of both parties to build consensus for actions on things like economic relief, like climate change, like dealing with our other crises, our racism crisis, the challenge of fixing our immigration laws and, of course, obviously, fighting COVID," he added.

Klain also expressed confidence in Biden's ability to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) if he retains his position.

"We're going to deal with whatever lineup we're faced with in Washington to get that done," Klain said. "If we were to lose those seats in Georgia, we're going to move forward with whatever Senate gets elected."

22. marraskuuta 2020 21:22:10 Categories: The Hill

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