After President Trump confirmed he had tested positive for the coronavirus, top Republican candidates for Georgia’s Senate seat held by Kelly Loeffler spoke at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Cobb County, where masks were not required.
Loeffler began by wishing Trump and the first lady well, and then she turned her attention to China, which has become a priority of her nine-month tenure as a Senator.
“China brought this virus to our country. They gave it to President Trump, to the first lady,” said Loeffler. “They’ve made the WHO [World Health Organization] complicit in its spread. They’ve stolen our intellectual property, they’ve spied on us.”
Loeffler’s main Republican challenger, Congressman Doug Collins also spoke at the event.
“I walked outside just a few minutes ago and gave an interview, and it was one of the most depressing things I gave in my life. All they wanted to talk about was, ‘Are you scared?’… ‘Are you wearing a mask?'” said Collins. “All I wanted to say is this country is the greatest country in the world. We’ll never back up for who we are.”
Loeffler promised to spend $20 million of her own money on the race and has nearly five times the amount of campaign funds as Collins.
Recent polling has put the two Republicans within striking distance of each other in the special free-for-all election.
Also in striking distance is Pastor Raphael Warnock, who is the top polling Democrat.
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