Perdue declines runoff debates against Ossoff in Georgia

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This combination of photos shows Democratic candidate for Senate Jon Ossoff, left, on Nov. 10, 2020, and Republican candidate for Senate Sen. David Perdue on Nov. 2, 2020, in Atlanta. The two are in a runoff election for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. David Perdue is declining to participate in debates against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff ahead of their Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia.

Ossoff’s campaign said Monday that Ossoff has accepted six invitations from various media organizations for upcoming debates. But Perdue’s campaign made it clear he doesn’t plan on debating Ossoff again.

Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry says they’re taking their message “directly to the people” instead. The Atlanta Press Club says an empty podium will represent the senator at the Dec. 6 debate.

In Georgia’s other runoff, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s campaign has yet to commit to debating Democrat Raphael Warnock.

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