What They’re Saying: Reverend Warnock Rises Above the Fray and Puts Forth a Vision for Georgians as Loeffler and Collins Fight to See Who Can Best Represent Trump - Warnock for Georgia

What They’re Saying: Reverend Warnock Rises Above the Fray and Puts Forth a Vision for Georgians as Loeffler and Collins Fight to See Who Can Best Represent Trump

Reverend Warnock centered Georgians and health care while his opponents fought to out-Trump each othe

Atlanta, GA — Yesterday, in the Atlanta Press Club debate, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock highlighted the importance of expanding access to affordable health care while making it clear that he was the candidate best prepared to fight for Georgians.

Throughout the debate, Warnock emphasized the need to expand Medicaid and ensure protections for the 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, his opponents continued their race to take the most extreme positions possible in order to win approval from Trump. Warnock also reminded voters that his GOP opponents have attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and voted to support a Trump Administration lawsuit to overturn the ACA.

“I am a kid who grew up right here in Georgia, one of twelve children in my family. I’m number eleven, and the first college graduate. I got there through hard work, a sense of personal responsibility, grit, and determination. But somebody gave me a Pell grant, some low interest student loans. I am an example of the American Dream and what can happen when government works for ordinary people. That’s the reason why I’m standing up for ordinary people across Georgia, fighting for affordable health care, the dignity of work, and why I’ve helped register hundreds of thousands of new voters in this state. If the people of Georgia give me the honor of representing them in the U.S. Senate, I’ll stand up not for Donald Trump, but for the regular Georgians across our state,” Warnock said. 

Meanwhile, Warnock’s Republican opponents continued to ignore the damage their inaction in Congress has done to Georgia’s working families and reiterated false claims about Warnock’s beliefs about health care and social justice, which are in line with the overwhelming majority of Georgians.


Watch Warnock speak on the importance of health care and fighting for Georgians


@politicalinsdr: Last week, Kelly Loeffler said “no one in Georgia cares about this QAnon business.” Just now, she said she doesn’t know anything about QAnon.
@ajconwashington: [email protected] says there is not one thing President Trump has done that she would publicly disagree with. #gapol #gasen @atlpressclub debate.
@ribunchreports: This debate started out pretty cordial, but has descended into Kelly Loeffler and Doug Collins arguing about the “lies” they have both been spreading about each other. #gapol
@HMR812: #VoteLikeYourLifeDependsOnIt #winwithwarnock #warnockforga #ivotedforwarnock #gasen #gasendebate #gapol if you watch this debate you can see Warnock is the best option for GA! He is for health care for ALL, he will keep our community safe by getting justice for ALL!

@KristaRBrewer: Yes. I am tired of Washington insiders. @ReverendWarnock has my vote! #gapol

@jarowell: After the #GaSenDebate it is clear that there is one clear choice to represent the interests of ordinary Georgians. I can’t wait to have a Senator in office that I’m proud of. #WinWithWarnock


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Loeffler, Collins and Warnock brawl in their first debate
Patricia Murphy
October 19, 2020

Key excerpts below. Read the full story here.

  • A series of recent polls have shown Warnock, Loeffler and Collins increasingly pulling away from the rest of the field, with Warnock quickly consolidating Democratic votes, and Loeffler and Collins battling it out for Republican supporters
  • Warnock has increasingly had the Democratic playing field to himself, collecting endorsements from high-profile members of the party, such as Abrams and former President Barack Obama, and escaped even mild attacks from other candidates in the race. 
  • [Warnock] pushed his biography and pivoted back to issues where Democrats have focused their campaigns, especially health care.

Saporta Report: Collins, Loeffler snipe at each other, not Democrats, in Senate debate
Maggie Lee
October 19, 2020

Key excerpts below. Read the full story here

  • The two leading Republican candidates for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats took turns trying to out-conservative each other in a debate Monday.
  • Warnock said he was the first college graduate in his family, something he attributed not to rugged individualism or to government redistribution of wealth.  But a blend of both. “I got there through hard work, a sense of personal responsibility, grit and determination,” Warnock said. “But somebody gave me a Pell Grant, some low-interest student loans.”

Associated Press: Loeffler, Warnock, Collins spar in 1st Georgia Senate debate
Ben Nadler
October 19, 2020

Key excerpts below. Read the full story here

  • Asked to name something that Trump has “said or done” that she disagreed with, Loeffler said “No” and then touted a “100% voting record with President Trump” — a stat that Collins questioned, saying “maybe your cue card is wrong.” 
  • The two Republicans continued to trade barbs as they each claimed the mantle of being the “true conservative” in the race.  
  • “I denounce hate groups of all types,” Loeffler responded, despite headlining an event last week with QAnon-supporting congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Warnock said in response … “What I am moved by is that in the midst of the challenges we’ve seen this summer, tragic flash points, George Floyd and others, we’ve seen a multiracial, multigenerational coalition of conscience pouring out into American streets saying ‘we’re better than this.’”
  • Warnock came into the debate fresh off a strong fundraising quarter. In the period covering July, August and September, he brought in $12.9 million, according to campaign finance reports recently filed by the candidates.

Georgia Public Broadcasting: Loeffler, Collins, Warnock Clash in Georgia Special Senate Debate
Stephen Fowler
October 19, 2020

Key excerpts below. Read the full story here

  • National and local politics-watchers have noted thatLoeffler’s campaign has shifted further to the right than the moderate stance many Republicans in the state touted when she was first appointed. In recent weeks, she has come under fire for an ad calling herself more conservative than Attila the Hun and for vowing to hold China responsible for the president’s coronavirus diagnosis, among other things. 
  • Seeking to leapfrog Loeffler in the polls is Collins, who represents one of the most conservative U.S. House districts in the country. He started the debate by expressing no regrets for a tweet shortly after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg saying “RIP to the 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws.”
  • Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, has seen a meteoric rise in the polls in recent weeks, surpassing both Collins and Loeffler and consolidating most of the Democratic support in a race that the party sees as a chance to flip.

Capitol Beat: Candidates square off in debate for Loeffler’s Georgia U.S. Senate seat
Beau Evans
October 19, 2020

Key excerpts below. Read the full story here.

  • The two Republicans also stepped up attacks during the debate against the race’s Democratic frontrunner, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, who is poised for a runoff in January against either Loeffler or Collins.
  • Much of the back-and-forth featured in Monday’s frontrunners’ debate centered on Collins and Loeffler, who each punched the other on their records in office, their personal backgrounds and which candidate is a bigger supporter of President Donald Trump.
  • Warnock, who hails from Savannah, stressed he does not support calls from many Democratic leaders and groups to defund police agencies and noted he believes “it’s possible to appreciate the work that law enforcement members do and at the same time hold them accountable. … I do think it’s lamentable that the senator would use her power to politicize an issue where people are literally dying on the streets.”
  • And Warnock stuck with a solidly Democratic position that Trump and state leaders have botched the pandemic response by not enforcing rules like mask-wearing more strictly.
  • “I wish that the folks who are serving in Washington would pay attention to the science instead of politicizing something as basic and obvious as wearing a mask,” Warnock said.

About Reverend Warnock

Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fifteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.


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