And the crowd rewarded Warnock with wild applause as he gave his eight-minute speech.
“It has been rumored that I am considering a run for the United States Senate. It’s true, I’m thinking about it. I’m mulling it over," said Warnock to cheers, adding: "I’m sick and tired of seeing the people I serve every day as a pastor work harder and longer and have less to show for it.”
"We've got work to do. There are 700,000 eligible, unregistered people of color in this state. They are not disengaged or disinterested. They are disillusioned. They see no connection between the candidates and the people and the politics they serve. And sadly, in many instances they are right."
Warnock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in August he would soon decide whether he will run against Isakson, who is seeking his third term. He would be the first Democrat to challenge Isakson, who recently revealed he is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
Warnock has since told his congregation that he's wrestling with whether he can pull off double-duty by preaching on Sundays and campaigning the rest of the week, and he held a members-only meeting with his flock earlier this month to discuss his future.
The political newcomer would face daunting odds. Isakson enjoys high name recognition, popularity across the aisle and is sitting on more than $4 million in campaign contributions.
But Democrats hope Warnock’s unabashedly left-leaning positions on issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to voting rights could help him appeal to the base and attract droves of new minority voters.
He made the platform he would pursue clear on Saturday. Said Warnock:
"Let's roll up our sleeves. Let's expand Medicaid. Because when we expand Medicaid, we expand Georgia's economy. And protect voting rights. Protect worker rights. Give women equal pay for equal work … Raise the minimum wage. Defend the dignity and equality of our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers."
He finished: "Let’s rise up, and make Georgia better and America greater."