Jon Ossoff Calls Out Perdue For Refusing To Debate Him Before The Runoff

Sen. David Perdue is refusing to debate Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff before a runoff election that will help determine control of the Senate.

Ossoff tweeted:

Perdue’s debates against Ossoff have been disasters that have resulted in viral video moments that have made the Republican incumbent look bad. Very early initial polling reveals that both of the runoff races are close.

However, given Joe Biden’s win in Georgia, both of these races could tip heavily in either direction based on turnout.

Senate Republican incumbents like South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham found that they were able to hold on to their Senate seats while refusing to debate, but the political landscape in Georgia looks much different than in neighboring South Carolina.

The future of healthcare and dozens of other policy issues is on the line in the two Georgia runoff elections. Voters in the state deserve to see the candidates side by side again before making such a critical choice.

Perdue is scared. One might even say he’s a Perdue chicken. Cowardice should never be rewarded, especially with so much on the line for Georgia and the rest of the nation.

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Biden rose above as Trump reined in the yelling, but not the lies, at final debate

Trump looked physically pained at not being able to interrupt within Biden’s first answer, a look that only grew through the evening, with regular breakthroughs of his rage. We can’t overlook that. Trump was better than three weeks ago. He was partially under control. He still spent the evening spewing lies and personal attacks and losing his grip on his ability to avoid interruptions. This was by far his most disciplined performance in recent memory, for sure, though—and the thing is, with Trump out of his way, Biden was also able to shine. 

Here’s the level at which Trump can talk policy: “I know more about wind than you do. Kills all the birds.”

Biden on the other hand was in command of the facts, from coronavirus to the economy to the environment to immigration. He repeatedly brought his answers back to the concerns of working families—of all races—speaking directly to their concerns. He showed, again and again, the basic decency he has brought to the campaign and to his career.

Trump lied and race-baited and made his usual claim that no one since Abraham Lincoln has done what he’s done for Black people and claimed to be “the least racist person in this room.” 

“Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history,” Biden responded. “He pours fuel on every single racist fire.”

Trump tried to bait Biden with accusations that he had gotten nothing done as vice president, hectoring him, “All talk and no action.” Why didn’t Biden, as vice president, get every single thing done that he supports, Trump insisted he answer.

“There was a Republican Congress,” Biden answered, letting it hang. “That’s it. That’s the answer.” That’s the disciplined Biden who showed up. So let the record reflect that while Donald Trump was not the screaming banshee he was in the first debate, Biden continued to be the one to raise the tone and show the discipline and care we need in a president.

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During Debate, Donald Trump Says NYC Restaurants Are ‘Dying’

At the third and final presidential debate on Thursday night, the state of the NYC restaurant economy came up as the candidates discussed the economy and business operations during the pandemic. President Donald Trump, who called for a loosening of current restrictions for restaurants — which in New York City, presently includes a 25 percent limit on indoor dining and a maximum capacity of 50 people in indoor spaces in most areas — described New York City as a “ghost town,” and went on to suggest that the city’s restaurants are “dying” due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden argued for more aid to help businesses access resources that would allow them to open while following regulatory COVID-19 precautionary measures, like setting up plexiglas dividers between tables at restaurants. Trump responded by saying that “restaurants are dying” and argued that the public health safety measures like plexiglas shouldn’t be required for restaurants to operate.

“These are businesses with no money,” Trump said. “Putting up plexiglas is unbelievably expensive. And it’s not the answer. You’re going to sit there in a cubicle wrapped around with plastic? These are businesses that are dying, Joe. You can’t do that to people.”

In accordance with federal health safety guidance, the NYC Health Department has laid out regulations that restaurants are required to follow in order to operate during the pandemic: In addition to capacity regulations, rules currently include temperature checks for all customers at the door, and collecting contact tracing information from a member of each dining party. Physical barriers like plexiglas dividers are recommended, but not legally required, in areas where physical distancing is not possible, like at the cash register.

Twitter users were quick to rebut Trump’s claims that the city is empty, including Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, who wrote, “currently in NYC. Not ghost town.” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman added, “traffic in Brooklyn and Manhattan says otherwise.”

Many others noted the lively outdoor dining scenes they’ve seen in recent weeks. One user, Sinead Keegan, noted that a few weeks ago, she was quoted an hour-long wait to dine at a table outdoors. Social media influencer Mike Tommasiello wrote that “it’s literally impossible to get a reservation at a restaurant in NYC on any given night so please don’t tell me it’s dead.” Several others responded to a hypothetical-ish question posted by actor Patton Oswalt, sharing lively scenes from neighborhoods like the East Village and including videos of live street music and people eating outdoors.

Others noted how several restaurants had invested in plexiglass barriers, rebutting Trump’s claim that plexiglass “was not the answer.” And others still commended the city for opening gradually compared to other parts of the country.

New York City was the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic when lockdowns went into place in March, and was initially considered the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. To date, more than 19,000 people have died from the virus in NYC, and more than 250,000 New Yorkers have contracted it since March.

Still, in subsequent months, the city was able to get the virus under control compared to other parts of the country, significantly reducing its case positivity rate as a result of several lockdown measures — including the continued shutdown of indoor dining. In recent weeks, the city has once again noted an uptick in COVID-19 cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a zoned shutdown approach, and recently reopened parts of Queens when cases stabilized. NYC is not out of the woods, but positivity rates here still remain low compared to other parts of the country.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1,000 restaurants have shut down citywide due to the business downturn. Many more continue to close on a weekly basis, but restaurateurs continue to cite fixed costs like rent as the reason for closure, not the coronavirus-related restrictions in place.

At the time that indoor dining returned in September, many restaurateurs said they would not open their dining rooms, citing safety concerns for their workers and diners. Instead, many in the industry have called for the federal government to pass another coronavirus stimulus that would allow restaurants to operate safely without the imminent threat of closure and would not force restaurant staffers to return to work. Trump’s government, however, has stalled on doing just that.

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Trump, Biden tangle on COVID-19 in opening of final presidential debate

The coronavirus pandemic once again loomed large during the opening of the second and final presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, serving as the opening question to the candidates.

“We closed up the greatest economy in the world in order to fight this horrible disease from China,” Trump said, fielding the first question from moderator and NBC News journalist Kristen Welker. “We’re fighting it, and we’re fighting it hard.”

Trump also said that a vaccine for the disease would be “announced within weeks,” but under further questioning from Welker admitted that was “not a guarantee.”

And Trump spoke of his own battle with the virus, which scuttled another debate scheduled between the two for last week.

“I can tell you from personal experience, I was in the hospital, I had it,” he said. “I was in for a short period of time, and I got better very fast, or I wouldn’t be here tonight.”

Biden, meanwhile, focused on the American death toll in his response.

“Two hundred and twenty thousand Americans dead,” he said. “If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this. … Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.

“He says we’re learning to live with it,” Biden added. “People are learning to die with it.”

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Jaime Harrison Mocks “Sad” Lindsey Graham for Ducking Latest Debate

There are a lot of things going wrong for Lindsey Graham right now. The South Carolina senator has been getting crushed fundraising wise and has taken to regularly begging for donations on Fox News.

Graham is also up against a really tough challenger in Jaime Harrison. And Harrison has been getting under the senator’s skin in the worst way.  The democratic challenger when viral during their first debate when he brought his own plexiglass divider.

The men were set to debate again tonight. Graham decided not to participate. The incumbent senator has decided that it is more important to be in Washington DC to concentrate on the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination process.

Harrison wasn’t about the let Graham live the decision down. He told SiriusXM’s Laura Coates:

“This is probably the most historic Senate race in the history of this state, and to have Sen. Graham ducking and dodging [the debate] is really sad, but it’s a testament to who he is. He believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C., instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina. And that’s why he’s on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home.”

The challenger continued, “We are building something because we are focusing like a laser on the people in the state. As I said so many times on this campaign trail, we’re about to close the chapter on the old South and write a brand new book called the new South, one that is bold, that is inclusive and diverse.”

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Lucas Bravo on the ‘Emily in Paris’ Age Debate: How Old Is Emily?

Quite the discussion! Following the release of Netflix’s Emily in Paris, which follows Lily Collins‘ Emily Parker from the U.S. to Paris for work, the actress raised quite a few eyebrows when she revealed how old she thought her character was.

“I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college,” the 31-year-old actress recently told British Vogue. “Maybe this is her first year after graduation. I want to say she’s like, 22-ish. She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss. … She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships.”

Lily Collins in ‘Emily in Paris’. COURTESY OF NETFLIX

Fans immediately tweeted their confusion, pointing out that Emily had gone to grad school and questioning how she had such a glamorous job if she was just out of college. Collins quickly backtracked, posting to Instagram on Thursday, October 16, that she had made a mistake.

“Emily looking at me when I get her age wrong,” the England native captioned a GIF of her character giving her a dirty look. “Sorry girl … You might not be 22, but I gotta say – you do act like it sometimes!!!”

Lucas Bravo, who plays Emily’s love interest and neighbor in the series, also responded to the age mystery.

“I would say she’s probably 24,” the actor, 32, told E! in an interview published on Friday. “Something happens after 26 where women start exploring — in terms of personality. I feel like she’s still very strong-willed and she has certainties, but yeah, I would say [that she is] around 24.”

Lucas Bravo Weighs in on the 'Emily in Paris' Age Debate
Lily Collins and Lucas Bravo in “Emily In Paris.” Stephanie Branchu/Netflix

The series has received quite a bit of backlash, with fans claiming that its betrayal of Paris is full of clichés. However, Bravo feels that’s part of the point.

“I think they’re right, in a way,” the France native told Cosmopolitan magazine in an October 9 interview. “We’re portraying cliches and we’re portraying one single vision of Paris. Paris is one of the most diverse cities in the world. We have so many ways of thinking, so many different nationalities, so many different neighborhoods. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough to know everything that’s going on in Paris. It’s an entire world in a city. At some point, if you want to tell a story about Paris, you have to choose an angle. You have to choose a vision. French critics, they didn’t understand the fact that it’s just one vision. They’re like, ‘Oh, this is not what Paris is.’ Of course. Paris is many things.”

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Chris Wallace Stings Lara Trump Over First Family Going Maskless At The Debate

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed Lara Trump, an adviser to father-in-law President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, to explain why her family declined to comply with the mask requirement at the first presidential debate last month.

Members of the first family arrived wearing masks but removed them while in the audience for the Sept. 29 event at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic. The venue required all guests to wear masks.

NBC reporter Marianna Sotomayor said she saw one of the clinic’s doctors remind the Trumps to wear masks and even offer them extras. The doctor walked away looking frustrated after none of them complied, Sotomayor reported.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his family wore masks.

“Did you think, Lara, that the rules that applied to everybody else in that hall didn’t apply to you?” Wallace, who moderated the debate, asked on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Well, of course we didn’t think that!” Lara Trump said. “I want to be very clear. Never one time did anyone from Cleveland Clinic come up and ask any member of our family to put a mask on. So that is totally false.”

Lara Trump insisted that guests were socially distanced, and they had all tested negative for COVID-19. The event was held just days after the Sept. 26 Rose Garden “superspreader” event ― where non-socially distanced attendees did not wear masks ― that was likely the source of more than two dozen COVID-19 cases, including Donald and Melania Trump.

Wallace reminded his guest that “everybody in that hall had tested negative.”

“You couldn’t get in the hall without testing negative,” he said. “And the fact is, the rules were, everybody except the president, the vice president and I were supposed to wear masks.”

He also noted that it was the White House press pool report that mentioned the doctor’s request.

“I’m not just making this up,” he said, adding that there was video of a Cleveland Clinic staffer “coming up to somebody in the presidential party and saying, ‘Would you like masks?’ And they were waved away.”

During the debate, Donald Trump mocked Biden for his routine use of masks. He continued to flout mask-wearing advice even after testing positive for COVID-19 later that week.

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Trump attacks moderator for second debate over deleted tweet

The apparent request for advice from Scully’s account came after the Oct. 15 town hall, which was to be moderated by Scully, was thrown into disarray following the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates’ decision to hold the forum virtually in light of Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis. The announcement touched off a day of finger-pointing between the Trump campaign and the campaign of Democrat Joe Biden.

Frank Fahrenkopf, the co-founder and Republican co-chair of the independent debate commission, said Friday that Scully’s twitter account was hacked.

“Steve is a man of great integrity,” Fahrenkopf said in a radio interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “It didn’t happen.”

C-SPAN, too, said in a statement that Scully “did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked.”

Scaramucci publicly replied Thursday night to the tweet in question prior to its deletion, writing “Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down.”

On Friday Scaramucci said he believed Scully’s explanation that he did not pen the tweet.

“I accept @SteveScully at his word,” Scaramucci wrote minutes prior to Trump’s attack. “Let’s not cancel anymore people from our culture for absolutely something like this. It’s insignificant. He is an objective journalist.”

Hacking has been used as a frequent explanation for public figures defending actions online. Former California Rep. Katie Hill invoked it earlier this week after her old Congressional Twitter account posted messages purportedly sent by “Katie’s former staff” blasting the forthcoming film adaptation of her memoir.

“Control of my account was immediately handed back to the House Clerk when I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions,” Hill wrote. “God knows who hacked it from there. Reported to @twitter.”

A massive attack this summer against Twitter compromised high-profile accounts belonging to figures like former President Barack Obama, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and musician-cum-presidential candidate Kanye West.

That breach was part of a Bitcoin scheme that’s led to charges for a Florida teenager and two adults. The social media platform in September required certain politicians and journalists to fortify their security passwords to prevent similar attacks.

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Eric Trump’s Spin On His Dad’s Debate Refusal Has People Scratching Their Heads

President Donald Trump’s second son called Biden “a coward” in one tweet and used the hashtag #BidensACoward in another as he railed against the former vice president’s refusal to debate in-person next week with the president, who last week was hospitalized for three days after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Commission on Presidential Debates had announced earlier Thursday that the Oct. 15 town hall-style debate would take place virtually “in order to protect the health and safety of all involved.”

The president, however, said he would not participate remotely. Biden agreed to the change in format but has now proposed the debate be postponed.

Twitter users were stumped by the logic of Eric Trump’s attack on Biden and suggested the alternative #TrumpIsACoward trend in reply:

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‘I’m not going to waste my time’: Trump says he won’t do virtual debate against Biden

The town hall participants and moderator Steve Scully of C-SPAN will be located as planned at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, the commission said.

The shift to a virtual format comes as Trump continues treatment for Covid-19 at the White House, after being discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien reaffirmed the president’s position in a statement Thursday, saying Trump will “pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead.”

Stepien claimed that Trump “will have posted multiple negative tests prior to the debate,” and insisted that the “safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head.”

In her own statement, Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield suggested the former vice president would take part in the virtual event, saying that Biden “looks forward to speaking directly to the American people.”

Biden, speaking to reporters in Delaware, said it was still possible Trump would show up because “he changes his mind every second.”

“We don’t know what the president’s going to do,” Biden said, adding that he was “going to follow the commission recommendations.”

If Trump opts to hold a rally instead, “I don’t know what I’ll do,” Biden said.

Trump had previously signaled that he intended to take part in the debate despite his diagnosis, tweeting Tuesday that he was “looking forward” to the forum on Oct. 15 and that it “will be great!”

Trump’s top aides and advisers also expressed hope in recent days that the president would be able to attend.

Biden indicated Monday that he would be willing to participate in the debate “if scientists say that it’s safe,” but advised that “we should be very cautious” in organizing the event.

On Tuesday, however, Biden concluded that “we shouldn’t have a debate” if Trump remains infected with the coronavirus.

The commission had already been exploring alternative formats for next week’s debate in the aftermath of the first clash between Trump and Biden — which saw the president repeatedly interrupt his opponent and moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News.

The commission said last week that the first debate demonstrated the need for “additional structure” in the format of the remaining forums to “ensure a more orderly discussion.”

The latest announcement from the commission Thursday infuriated the president’s advisers, who said they were blindsided.

The Trump campaign was already rankled by the commission’s handling of the vice presidential debate Wednesday night and its decision to erect plexiglass barriers between Republican incumbent Mike Pence and Biden’s Democratic running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Trump’s team objected to the move, arguing it was medically unnecessary because it would do little to prevent coronavirus transmission.

The reelection effort held a conference call with reporters last week during which they accused the debate commission — which has been overseeing presidential forums for decades and has long had a reputation for being a neutral arbiter — of being a partisan outfit bent on helping Biden.

The campaign was angered by the commission reassessing the need for more structure at future debates, and complained that Wallace showed bias toward the former vice president.

Next week’s presidential debate will not be the first to feature candidates sparring from separate locations.

John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon met remotely for their third debate in 1960, with the Democratic Massachusetts senator stationed in New York and the Republican vice president broadcasting from Los Angeles.

Still, it is not immediately clear what effects the virtual nature of the debate will have on the 90-minutes of primetime programming. The format change could facilitate the implementation of additional measures to enforce rules governing debate speaking time that some Democrats and media commentators have demanded over the past week.

Further complicating matters is the still uncertain nature of Trump’s health.

Sean Conley, the president’s personal physician, reported in a memo Wednesday that Trump has “been fever-free for more than 4 days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization.”

But the White House has refused to provide a definitive timeline of the president’s Covid-19 tests in the days leading up to his diagnosis, and the current condition of his lungs has not been disclosed.

Alex Isenstadt contributed to this report.

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