Perdue declines to participate in final debate with Ossoff

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By BEN NADLER Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A final debate between Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been canceled after Perdue dropped out, saying he would attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump instead.

The cancellation was announced Thursday night, a day after Perdue and Ossoff met for a bitter second debate in Savannah in which Ossoff slammed Perdue as a “crook” who downplayed the coronavirus pandemic. Perdue, who is seeking a second term, denied the accusation.

Polls show a tight race between the two candidates heading into the final days of the campaign. The final debate had been scheduled for Sunday.

Perdue’s communications director John Burke said in a statement shared on Twitter that Perdue would instead join Trump at an expected rally.

“As lovely as another debate listening to Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia sounds, Senator Perdue will not be participating in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a huge Get-Out-The-Vote rally in Northwest Georgia,” Burke said.

Ossoff fired back in a statement, saying, “Senator Perdue’s cowardly withdrawal from our final…



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