Four Lessons from Georgia Governor Debate | CNN Politics

CNN—Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams gave their final arguments to voters in Monday’s debate as they resume competition for the same jobs in 2018 that fiercely competed for health care, crime and punishment, and voting rights. Tonight’s stake would have been arguably higher for Abrams, who fell behind in the most recent vote. Kemp, one of the few prominent Republicans who resisted former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election fraud, has positioned himself as a more traditional, pro-business conservative. Abrams has argued that Kemp should not be given special credit for doing her own thing and not breaking her laws. Kemp and Abrams joined Liberal candidate Shane Hazel, who made it clear he wanted to run a runoff with guns at both opponents. (If no one secures a solid majority on Election Day, the top two will advance to a one-on-one match.) But four years ago, with Kemp narrowly winning, it was the two major party candidates who ran into fierce competition. who dominates the debate. As in 2018, their disagreements were noted, and their attacks and rebuttals were well rehearsed and largely predictable. Here are four highlights from the Georgia Governor’s discussion: As Republican Senate Candidate Herschel Walker did in a debate with Democrat Senator. Last week Raphael Warnock, Kemp took every chance. Even when it wasn’t there, I tried anyway. Tried to connect Abrams with Biden. Biden is currently a very unpopular figure there despite winning the state in 2020. She said Kemp wanted to remind her that she “was campaigning for Stacy Abrams to become Joe Biden’s running mate,” she said. While exchanging abortion with mediators, Kemp focused on the economy and again brought Biden and Democrats to the Capitol. “Georgians continue to deal with the high inflation and high gasoline prices that I have had for 40 years, and other problems that our Georgia family is facing now, and, quite honestly, the other problems I am facing because of the president’s misguided policies in Washington, DC. You need to know that you are helping to overcome it. “Biden and the Democrats have full control,” he said. Unlike many other Democrats running this year, Abrams has not distanced himself from the president and has recently publicly said that Georgia will welcome him. To attend an Abrams fundraising event last week, Jill Biden criticized Kemp for her stance on abortion and refusal to expand Medicaid and voting rights. Early in the night, Kemp, unwittingly, was questioned about his remarks at the back door with Republicans at the University of Georgia. He has expressed some openness to the push to ban birth control pills like “Plan B”. When asked if Kemp would push for such a bill if re-elected, she said, “No, I won’t.” record. Hearing his remarks, Kemp suggested that he was joking around people he didn’t know. On the tape, Kemp didn’t seem enthusiastic, but he said, “You can accept almost anything, but you have to attend a legislative meeting to do that.” When asked if she could do anything she could, she said Kemp “depends on where the legislators are” and that “there’s a lot of legitimacy, so you’ll have to check and see,” she said. Georgia passed in 2019, and Kemp signed a so-called “heartbeat” law banning abortion about six weeks later, and came into effect shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. V. Walk across. Before the verdict, abortion was legal until the 20th week of pregnancy. Abrams will face significant headwinds in the GOP-controlled state legislature, but has promised to work to “reverse” the law, calling the state law “cruel”. One of the first questions posed to Abrams focused on his speech conceding the 2018 election to Kemp, but not in exact language. In those remarks, Abrams made a symbolic point in arguing that she did not concede the primary because Kemp and his allies, the state’s chief election officer, worked unjustly to suppress voting. Instead, Abrams said he would “recognize” him as a winner. Some Republicans have tried to hay the speech as they generally do something about Trump’s refusal to accept the 2020 results. Abrams has never tried to overturn the outcome of a race, except for his brief challenge. Nevertheless, she said she was asked Monday night if she would accept the results of the next election, and she said yes. She and she once again accused Kemp of trying to make it harder for people to vote through the state’s new restricted voting corporation, SB 202. bundle. “Brian Kemp was Secretary of State,” Abrams said. “He persistently denied access to the right to vote.” Kemp countered by pointing out the high turnout in the last few elections, arguing that, as he said before, the law “made it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” When her candidates were given the opportunity to question each other, Kemp asked Abrams to name all of the sheriffs who supported her own campaign. The answer, of course, is that most law enforcement agencies in the state are behind the Republican Party. “Mr. Kemp, what you’re trying to do is continue the lie you’ve told many times as if you think it’s true. I support law enforcement and have been doing that for 11 years (in the state),” Abrams said. He said, “We worked closely with the Sheriff’s Association.” Abrams also cynically denounced Kemp for weaponizing criminal justice and public safety issues against the police. She said the reality was less demanding. Before turning to Kemp, she said, “Like most Georgians, I We live in a complex life where we need to be able to get help but also know that we are safe from racial violence: “You may not have had that experience, but the people I know do.” “I stand for safety and justice,” he said, frequently pointing to his anti-gang plans, especially when under pressure over the effects of gun deregulation on crime.

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