Wednesday night in Savannah, Perdue at one point attacked Ossoff for raising large sums of cash from out-of-state donors who want a “radical socialist agenda.”
“Perhaps Sen. Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the Covid-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading,” Ossoff said, adding, “It’s not just that you’re a crook, senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent.”
In another exchange, Perdue accused his Democratic challenger of personally benefiting from financial ties to a Hong Kong media company whose chair is opposed to the push for Hong Kong’s independence from China. The GOP senator produced a piece of paper from his pocket he said was Ossoff’s July financial disclosure, claiming it was proof that Ossoff was disguising the fact his documentary company sold a film to the Hong Kong company.
“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,” he said.
Ossoff didn’t directly dispute Perdue’s accusation but said it was “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,” he said.
“Well I absolutely meant no disrespect, I’ve said that publicly to Sen. Harris,” Perdue said. “What I was talking about, and what I’m trying to do, is educate the people in Georgia about what’s trying to be perpetrated here, and that is this radical socialist agenda that Jon Ossoff will clearly just be a rubber stamp for Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi as they perpetrate this outrageous agenda on our country.”
In the contest for the other US Senate seat in Georgia, Loeffler, who was appointed, has been in a race to the right with GOP Rep. Doug Collins in a race that could go to a January runoff, creating an opening for the leading Democratic candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock.
CNN’s Danielle Hackett contributed to this report.