“Shame on you,” Ossoff added.
Perdue spokesman John Burke said that “as lovely as another debate listening to Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia sounds,” the senator will instead join Trump at the rally, which has not yet been formally announced by the president’s campaign but was expected to take place Sunday evening in Rome.
It was the second U.S. Senate debate from Channel 2 Action News scheduled for Sunday to be canceled. A separate showdown between U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her top rivals, already rescheduled once, was scrapped this week after Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock declined to participate.
“Our goal had been to stage an event where Georgia voters would receive a fair look at the main candidates in this race,” Channel 2 stated in a note to candidates announcing the decision. “Without their participation this is not possible, and for that reason WSB-TV has made a decision to cancel Sunday’s noon debate.”
Oddly, a similar scenario played out during the heated race for governor in 2018 between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.
After Trump announced he would hold a rally in Macon the Sunday before the election, Kemp pulled out of the debate to appear with the president — triggering a fierce back-and-forth between the two candidates.