ATLANTA – Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for the governor of Georgia, is uphill plans for a long-term debate so he can campaign together with President Trump this weekend.
Mr. Kemp was expected to meet Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, in a Sunday evening debate that would be broadcast live. But the fate of 5 p.m. debate in Atlanta was in doubt when Mr Trump’s campaign put a rally in Macon, about 100 miles to the southeast, at 4 pm
WSB TV, the Atlanta station organizing the debate scheduled since at least mid-September, said Wednesday that Kemp’s campaign “informed us that they can not do” the original time. The station said that it sought an alternative time for the debate, the second and last forum for the election, but that the campaigns had not yet reached an agreement.
“Brian Kemp says he wants to be our next governor, but he breaks his promise of appearing for job talks, said Mrs Groh-Wargo in a statement.
A spokesman for Kemp, Ryan Mahoney, said Republican The campaign had “offered several days, times and venues to debate” and accused Mr Abrams of interrupting the debate and “accusing Georgia voters for not defending its extreme radical agenda for live tv. “
Another spokesman for the Republican campaign Cody Hall said that Mr. Kemp would be on Mr Trump’s appearance in Macon.
WSB said Wednesday that Kemp’s campaign had said about the need to relocate” within the last 24 hours ” , but that there would be a new schedule for Ms Abrams, Mr Kemp and T Ed Metz, the Libertarian candidate. The three candidates participated in a television debate last week.
Although the Democrats were arrested for Kemps Efforts to change the debates, it was also a feeling in Georgia that the political benefits of an appearance with Mr. Trump could prove bigger for Kemp than the consequences of changing or even abandoning a debate.
Although the president is not so popular in Georgia as he is in some other parts of the South, Kemp has much of his ascension this year to Mr. Trump, who offered his approval in the summer while Kemp was jockeying for his party nomine Mr. Trump’s support helped Kemp’s gallop to a 38-point victory in the Republican run-down, where he defeated Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who had raised much more money and had the support of the departing Republican governor.
“I’m prepared to be in a debate on Sunday, and this is an example of how Brian Kemp has always behaved in terms of greater opportunities,” says Metz, the Libertarian candidate, in an interview on Wednesday. ” As an opportunist, he must hit when the iron is hot. “
Recent polls indicate that Abrams and Kemp are basically bound and that the contest can move to a round in December. Both candidates hope to win directly on Tuesday, hosting some of their party most prominent leaders in the coming days: Vice President Mike Pence will make three stops in the state on Thursday when Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to fight with Ms Abrams in the Atlanta subway. Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Atlanta Friday, two days before Mr Trump’s trip to Macon.
According to GeorgiaVotes.com, an independent website that uses state data to track and compare voters’ upturns Statistics, over 1.5 million people have already thrown early polls in Georgia, nearly tripled the number at the same time in 2014.