Georgia Senate Democratic Candidate Jon Ossoff stopped by The Morning Culture on V-103 Tuesday morning. Among the burning topics on the mind of the 33-year-old Atlanta native was a need to get the Coronavirus pandemic under control. A top priority for Ossoff, if he’s elected as one the next senators to represent The Peach State.
“I think the make or break issue is our immediate response to this pandemic,” Ossoff said.
“If Reverend Warnock and I are elected, we will pass $2,000 stimulus checks literally next week. The senate is currently blocking economic relief. Folks have credit cards maxed out, child care costs they can’t cover, house payment, car payment— We will pass that economic relief.”
Georgia’s incumbent Senate leadership of Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have followed President Trump’s agenda that has led to over 673,000 Georgians sick with Coronavirus, along with over 10,000 deaths.
Ossoff also detailed the need for the country to evolve with a new Civil Rights Act, along with strict criminal justice reform that both meet the current standard of living. Two issues he has been on the forefront of even before announcing his run for the senate, and what Ossoff calls the “urgent moral issue of our time.”
“Once we are through this pandemic, we need to pass landmark civil rights legislation to establish national standards for the use of force,” said Ossoff. “To ensure there’s accountability for brutality and for profiling. We need to reform our drug laws. Legalize marijuana. End prison sentencing for nonviolent, drug-related offenses. And bring true equal justice for all to the people and for the country. Right now, it’s just a slogan.”
Ossoff challenges Loeffler for one of the two senate seats at-stake in tonight’s runoff election. The other Democrat candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock, looks to take over for Perdue. If the democrats can flip both senate seats, they’ll give President-elect Joe Biden a legislative majority when he’s sworn in on Jan. 20.
The polls will close at 7 p.m. tonight.
Listen to the entire interview with Ossoff below.