Ossoff, Handel debate in Georgia's 6th Congressional District race

Henrietta Brewer
June 7, 2017

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Karen Handel is running against Jon Ossoff in a special Georgia election to fill a U.S. House of Representatives seat opened when President Donald Trump nominated Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Ossoff, for his part, has pulled back from the anti-Trump energy that characterized the launch of his campaign.

"Democrats are gaining ground even in the reddest corners of the country, several Georgia Democrats argue, which they said bodes well for the party in Georgia's 6th District, which only narrowly voted for Trump previous year", the Journal Constitution notes. Handel took second place with 19.8 percent of the vote.

Osoff pressed Handel multiple times for answers regarding her time with the Susan G. Komen foundation, where he said she "engineered" cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood to carry out "life-saving" breast cancer screenings.

"I do not support a livable wage", she said.

"I have been working on women's health issues for almost my entire life", Handel responded.

The reaction to each candidate's performance Tuesday evening was just a varied as the candidates themselves.

"I grew up in this community and have seen our economy grow over the past 30 years, but I believe our potential is unlimited", Ossoff said.

Liberal grassroots groups are frustrated by national Democrats' decision to spend comparatively small amounts in Kansas and Montana races, opting instead to pour money into the Georgia election - now the most expensive House race in history.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel tangled over numerous same big-ticket policy items that dominated last year's presidential contest, from terrorism to health care and campaign finance.

The party has pointed to closer-than-expected races in what had been reliably red districts as evidence of rising voter enthusiasm on the left.

Overall, Handel aligned herself with the president when asked about the biggest items on his agenda, but she also indicated she wasn't afraid of disagreeing with him. The campaign said the ad features Sgt. Grant McGarry, a U.S. Army veteran who served on the front lines against ISIS. "They are not from this district, and certainly they don't represent the values of this district".

"Very pleased with the result and ready to fight on into June", Ossoff said. "Where Republicans refuse to honestly explain their actions, we'll make sure voters know the truth". She backed the Trump's proposal to temporarily block visitors from six primarily Muslim Middle East nations while homeland security officials revamp their vetting process for foreign visitors, but she said she would not support any sort of "religious litmus test".

WSB-TV, Landmark Communications poll.

On Tuesday, WSB-TV will hold the first debate and the only one that will air live in prime-time.

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