Campaigning in Georgia on Monday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stressed a need to elect Democratic US Senate candidates who will advance President-elect Joe Bidenâ€™s agenda.
Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, warned that failing to re-elect the two Republican incumbents in next monthâ€™s crucial runoff could erode her fatherâ€™s legislative achievements.
Telling a crowd in Columbus that â€œeverything is at stakeâ€ in the January 5 contests, Harris said Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Raphael Warnock would advance Bidenâ€™s policy priorities such as increased funding for schools in low-income districts, a $15,000 tax credit to first-time home buyers and policing reforms.
â€œWe will need the legislation to be passed,â€ Harris said. â€œWe will need Jon and Raphael in the United States Senate. These are the things that are at stake.â€
Harrisâ€™ other planned stop was cancelled due to a scheduled Senate vote on a coronavirus relief package.
Speaking ahead of Harris, Ossoff warned that Republicans would block the Biden administrationâ€™s agenda if they kept Senate control, stymieing a progressive platform to raise the minimum wage, expanding access to healthcare and investing in infrastructure.
â€œWe have too much good work to do, Columbus, to be mired in gridlock and obstruction,â€ he said.
Trump, President Donald Trumpâ€™s daughter and a senior White House adviser, stumped with Republican US Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on Monday outside a pub in Milton, a wealthy suburb about 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Atlanta.
Over the crowdâ€™s shouts of â€œWe love Trump!â€ and â€œFight for Trump!â€ she implored voters to send Republicans back to the Senate â€œto protect all that America stands for.â€ She called the runoff the â€œmost important congressional race in history,â€ and described Perdue and Loeffler as the â€œlast line of defenceâ€ against Democratsâ€™ agenda and for her father in Congress.
â€œWe need David and Kelly in the Senate to keep our economy going, to keep delivering on the presidentâ€™s plans and to keep our schools open,â€ she said, drawing cheers from the audience.
As she spoke, touting her fatherâ€™s record on unemployment and work on a COVID-19 vaccine, a truck pulling a massive â€œTrump 2020â€ sign circled the street, drawing audience members to take videos and selfies.
Mondayâ€™s appearances were part of a string of pre-runoff visits by high-profile surrogates of the outgoing president and the president-elect. Biden himself has already stumped in Georgia, and Vice President Mike Pence has made several visits.
President Donald Trump said late on Saturday that he would return on January 4 for an election-eve rally, just two days before Congress meets to count votes from the Electoral College.
Trump has refused to accept the results of his own election loss, alleging without evidence a conspiracy to throw the election to Biden. In a tweet announcing his Georgia plans, Trump continued to express anger at Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for certifying Bidenâ€™s win over him by more than 11,000 votes.
Perdue and Loeffler have avoided explicit public acknowledgement of Bidenâ€™s win while attacking Raffensperger.
Ahead of Ivanka Trumpâ€™s remarks, Perdue, who is running against Ossoff, repeated his admonition to Georgians that â€œthe eyes of the world are on us right now.â€ Loeffler, who is being challenged by Warnock, reiterated her campaignâ€™s assertion that the pastor is a radical and socialist. â€œIf we donâ€™t vote, we wonâ€™t just lose; weâ€™ll lose the country,â€ she said.
Warnock pushed back at his opponentâ€™s repeated digs, which he said hindered his attempts at â€œa substantive debate about the people of Georgia.â€
â€œMy opponent is trying to reduce this race to the kind of empty schoolyard insults made between children who arenâ€™t thinking very carefully on a playground,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m trying to have a debate, and sheâ€™s engaged in name-calling. Thatâ€™s all right. As we say in the South: â€˜Bless her heart.â€™â€