Georgia sen., rival clash in heated debate

Ossoff attacked Perdue over his push to repeal the healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare amid a global pandemic.

Perdue hit back, targeting Ossoff's work history that Perdue said, included "Al Jazeera, the mouthpiece of terrorism."

Video Transcript

JON OSSOFF: Cost of prescription drugs. And now, in the middle of a pandemic that is worsening-- a pandemic that Senator Perdue told us would be no deadlier than the ordinary flu-- in the middle of this historic public health crisis, Senator Perdue is still supporting a lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to repeal protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.

DAVID PERDUE: That means those of us who have asthma, or diabetes, or heart disease, or family members recovering from cancer, they would stand to lose their health policies or be denied coverage if Senator Perdue has his way. It's wrong, Senator, and you should put Georgia families ahead of the insurance companies you work for.

- Thank you for your time. Senator Perdue.

DAVID PERDUE: First of all, I've never worked for an insurance company. But, here-- let's talk about accountability and responsibility. The reason part of this is in such a mess, ladies and gentlemen-- and we all know it-- is before the Affordable Care Act. In Georgia, half of the counties in our state are now limited to one health care insurance provider.

Look, we have a bill before the Senate-- I co-sponsored it-- that would give us protection against pre-existing conditions in the event that the Affordable Care Act is indeed determined by the Supreme Court to be unconstitutional. The other thing we've got to do is work on surprise billing and drug costs. He talks about drug companies and so forth, but that's also a trade issue. We've been working on that. There are solutions to be had there.

What I come back to, though, in the middle of this pandemic is, we've got to hold accountable the people that helped create this pandemic, and that's the country of China. Communist China today is one of our biggest threats. This man worked for them for two years. And we've heard it already-- he is now not acknowledging that he worked for that company. In the last debate, he said absolutely not.

But I'm here to tell you that there is a document-- and I have it right here. This is his July filing where he disclosed to the federal government that he, in fact, did work for them. Now, there's a responsibility here he needs to own up to. Because sooner or later, we need somebody in the United States Senate that will stand up to communist China.

- Thank you, Senator Perdue. Mr. Ossoff.

JON OSSOFF: This is so beneath the office of a US Senator. You've continued to demean yourself throughout this campaign with your conduct. First, you were lengthening my nose in attack ads to remind everybody that I'm Jewish. Then, when that didn't work, you started calling me some kind of Islamic terrorist. And then, when that didn't work, you started calling me a Chinese Communist.

It's ridiculous. And you shouldn't do everything that your handlers in Washington tell you to. Because you'll lose your soul along the way, Senator. What the people of Georgia deserve is a serious discussion of economic relief for Georgia families and how we're going to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions.

- Thank you for your time. Senator Perdue--

DAVID PERDUE: Do I get to respond?

- Yes.

DAVID PERDUE: No, Jon. What Georgia needs is a Senator that won't lie to them, and that won't work for Al-Jazeera-- the mouthpiece of terrorism-- and Communist China.