SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Vice President Mike Pence returned to Savannah Friday amid fierce Senate races in Georgia.
The vice president spoke at a Defend the Majority Rally, boasting the Trump administration’s accomplishments and urging voters to cast their ballot for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the Jan. 5 runoffs.
“In three short years, businesses large and small created 7 million good-paying jobs, including 350,000 jobs right here in the Peach State,” Pence said, “and your senators were there every step of the way.”
At roughly the same time, former President Barack Obama attended a virtual rally, showing his support for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat challengers.
“You are now, once again, the center of our civic universe because the special election in Georgia is going to determine, ultimately, the course of the Biden presidency and whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can deliver legislatively all the commitments they’ve made,” Obama said.
“Georgia, I came here today to say stay in the fight,” Pence told the audience at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, “stay in the fight for integrity in our elections, and stay in the fight to defend the Republican majority in the Senate.”
Senator Perdue addressed the crowd with a strong plea to voters.
“We know that the choice in this election is bigger than Sen. Kelly Loeffler, it’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than our opponents. It’s about the future direction of our country,” Perdue said.
Shifting gears to the pandemic, the vice president promised vaccine distribution is about a week and a half away.
Earlier in the day, joined by Loeffler and Perdue, Pence visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. The three met with CDC Director Robert Redfield to discuss the vaccine.
“As you said the other day in Tennessee, we can now say ‘in the near days ahead,'” Redfield said.
Pence thanked Redfield and his staff, saying Americans “owe a debt of gratitude and honor” for their work during the pandemic.
“Help is on the way,” said the vice president. “We all have a role to play and we’ll continue to play it, we’ll continue to all of us to our part.”
Several Republican leaders attended the Savannah rally, including Rep. Buddy Carter. Gov. Brian Kemp and Loeffler changed plans to attend after the death of Harrison Deal, 20, who was killed in a crash near the airport earlier in the day.
He was a member of Loeffler’s campaign team, and according to the governor’s family, “the Kemp son and brother we never had.”
“Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man,” a statement from Loeffler reads. “Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign — and the very best of our state.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is slated to visit Valdosta Saturday night to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue.