Kemp and Perdue debate, looking back at 2020 and Ahead to Abrams

Sir. Kemp doubled his support for a bill banning teaching “divisive concepts” about race and history, saying Republicans in the state “passed this piece of legislation to ensure our children are not indoctrinated in our schools,” and that Curricula should focus on “facts, not anyone’s ideology.”

But Mr. Perdue accused Mr. Kemp to abdicate his responsibility to protect students, parents and teachers alike. “They need to make sure the waking mob does not take over the schools and you have left them high and dry,” he said, claiming that Atlanta schools “taught children that voter ID is racist.”

When answering a question about Latino voters, Mr Perdue criticized Mr Kemp’s record for immigration, recalling a 2018 campaign ad in which Mr Kemp promised to use his own pickup truck to “round in illegally”.

“Governor, what happened? Is your pickup broken?” asked Mr. Perdue.

Sir. Kemp said the Covid-19 pandemic had intervened, saying that “gathering” people would only have helped spread infection in the state – and then reminded voters, for the fifteenth time, of Mr. Perdue’s defeat last year.

“The fact is, if you had not lost your race to Jon Ossoff, we would not have lost control of the Senate, and we would not have the disaster we have in Washington right now,” he said. Kemp.

A few clear political divides emerged over Georgia-specific issues.

The two took opposing views on a new factory to produce electric trucks being built by Rivian Automotive in the state. Mr. Kemp elevated the project to the thousands of jobs it is expected to create, while Mr. Perdue cited an investment by Democratic megadonor George Soros to dismiss Rivian as a “vigilant company,” saying the project would divert Georgians’ tax dollars. and Mr. Soros’ pocket.

Mr. Perdue attacked Mr Kemp from several angles over rising crime in Atlanta, saying the governor had shrunk the size of the Georgia State Patrol, accusing him of not being behind an effort by some residents of Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead neighborhood, alarmed by wave of violent crime, to break away from the city.

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