SANDY SPRINGS, Ga – Democrat Jon Ossoff said on Monday that he “has confirmed” three debate appearances in the race to replace Tom Price, but made the announcement without the acceptance of his runoff opponent, Republican Karen Handel.
Ossoff’s campaign said the debates, whose dates have yet to be announced, will be hosted by two local TV stations as well as the Dunwoody Homeowners Association.
But Handel’s campaign has not yet agreed to a debate schedule.
"Karen is looking forward to having several debates where she will highlight for Georgia families how Jon Ossoff's dangerously liberal policies will increase taxes and put our national security at risk,” according to a campaign statement. “We continue to work through debate invitations and will release our debate schedule soon."
“Part of bringing fresh leadership and accountability to Washington is to openly and publicly debate the issues that matter most to Georgians, and I hope Secretary Handel accepts these debates,” said Ossoff.
Ossoff and Handel are headed for a June 20 in the 6th congressional district to replace Price, now President Donald Trump’s secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ossoff and Handel finished first and second, respectively, in an April 18 special election, with Ossoff coming in with 48 percent of the vote, a little short of the 50-percent-plus-one margin he would have needed to win the crowded, 18-candidate race without a runoff.
Democrats see an opportunity to pick off a district that has been in GOP hands since 1978. Trump himself barely carried the district over Hillary Clinton this past November.