Georgia 6th: Handel agrees to four debates with Ossoff

The debate over debates between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff continues.

Handel’s campaign said Wednesday it would participate in four showdowns – three of them to be televised – ahead of the nationally-watched June 20 runoff for Georgia’s 6th district. Ossoff’s campaign had previously challenged her to six debates.

Does that mean four debates will be held? Not necessarily.

The debates Handel’s campaign outlined would be held on June 6 on WSB, June 8 on WABE/PBA30, June 13 on CNN/Atlanta Press Club and June 15 on WSB Radio that would be hosted by BrandBank.

We know for certain that both campaigns previously confirmed they would attend the June 6 WSB event. Ossoff’s campaign said the other debate it has approved is the June 8 event. The rest? The verdict is still out.

Ossoff and Handel both attended more than a dozen forums and debates in the runup to the April 18 vote. Since then, the timing and scheduling has been a sticking point in this race.

Shortly after his first-place finish in April, Ossoff challenged Handel to six debates and later said he “confirmed” three of them: One with CBS-46, one with WSB-TV and a third hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. But Handel had declined to attend the Dunwoody debate, leading to a wave of criticism from Ossoff supporters and the debate organizers.

The debates they end up attending will get a heap of national attention. The race is the premier political contest in 2017 and is the most expensive U.S. House contest in the nation’s history.

 

 

More recent AJC coverage on the 6th District race:

How the 6th District was drawn for Republicans

Montana victor calls for help defeating ‘liberals in Georgia’

The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

Republicans level an early Memorial Day attack on Ossoff

Ossoff mostly lets others make anti-Trump attacks in Georgia’s 6th

Abortion debate divides candidates in Georgia’s 6th District race

Democrats hope to leverage ‘Ossoff effect’ in other Georgia races

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186 comments
Teresa Nichols
Teresa Nichols

Which one of you two are going to bring legalization to marijuana and a hundred million dollars annually to the state of Georgia for schools drug treatment centers and unclog some of our jails we do not need to build more jails it is costing more money putting people in jail for marijuana cigarette and housing them when that space could go to a murderer child molester bank robber Etc I have asked Jon OSSOFF and Karen Handel three or 4 times now where they stand on marijuana medically or otherwise people who say we have much greater things to worry about than that yes we do but this may be one way of resolving the biggest thing we have to worry about opiates abuse and treatment centers Colorado is using the money from sales of marijuana which is being bought anyway the money is going two black markets and headed to Mexico with our American money the money can stay here and the United States in each state and in my case in Georgia that's my concern so why you guys ask the other questions this will be my question because if no one else is willing to ask these people including Michael Williams about marijuana legalization in Georgia I will. Thank you God bless everyone

Khalid Avito
Khalid Avito

No matter the result of the election I'm glad to see we will be having debates. Listen to their ideas, listen to them refute each others ideas and make an informed decision.

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Hosea Foote

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Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

There is a plethora of crazy bills currently in Congress, sponsored by Republicans, that would make for great questions to ask both candidates. Example: I would love to hear how Karen Handel would vote on the current proposed legislation called the "Financial Choice Act," which is intended to replace the Dodd-Frank Act. Buried deep within the Financial Choice Act is language that would prevent the federal government from acting in the interests of consumers who fall prey to payday and title lenders. The language would allow these vultures to do whatever they wish to the more than 19 million US families who make the mistake of ever using a payday or title lender. Would Karen Handel vote with her party to do such a thing to the most vulnerable of the American people? Here's more on exactly what the bill says on payday and title loans: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-lazarus-payday-lenders-20170530-story.html

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

such a waste of money. If I was the 6th district, I would look for someone new to support.

Felton Swicord
Felton Swicord

Karen, please make sure you obtain a written affidavit from Ossoff stating he will use the male restroom at the venue y'all decide to use for the debate. You'll never know Ossoff might be "self-identifying" as a "?" on that particular occasion.

Will Lawrence
Will Lawrence

So who is it you're trying to disparage with this ridiculous comment?

Wayne Morgan
Wayne Morgan

Ummmm, she is agreeing AFTER thousands have already cast their vote????

Michael Whatley Sr.
Michael Whatley Sr.

If the Russian hated Hillary they would have been helping sanders win the primary election not trump no body though trump would win.

BobbyandMyra Williams
BobbyandMyra Williams

YOU DON.T KNOW THE FACTS THE FACTS THAT HILLERY USED ILLEGALS TO TRY TO STEAL ELECTION TYPICAL DEMOCRATIC CORRUPTION.IT DIDN.T WORK AND NEITHER WILL OSHOFF.S. NO EVIDENCE RUSSIA WAS INVOLVED. WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE IDIOTS

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Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Ossoff will clean Quaker Oats Man's clock.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Handel's only qualification is hugging and kissing the big Orange clown.

Janice McMahan
Janice McMahan

Why would she even talk to this idiot...he looks stupid...acts stupid...talks stupid lies...he's NOTHING

Ariel Payne
Ariel Payne

And yet his education level is much higher than hers. \U0001f914

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

He's the only one saying what he'd do in Congress. Handel has only said how she'd enjoy representing her friends.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Liberals will try to give Assoff the questions in Advance of the Debates !

Bill Stockstill
Bill Stockstill

The liberals in the historically GOP district debate? \U0001f602\U0001f602

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

I bet both campaigns very well know what questions will be asked.

Will Lawrence
Will Lawrence

Both sides should know the questions beforehand.

Ken Westbrook
Ken Westbrook

Doesn't matter if Ossoff is from Georgia. He want do anything to help Georgia. The democratic party want let him. Just like what they are doing in Washington now, NOTHING. Will not vote on anything or anyone. All they are concerned with is trying to destroy Trump. Wasting taxpayers money and not doing a damn thing that they were elected for. Vote REPUBLICAN

Bill Stockstill
Bill Stockstill

I hope he wins, education is one of his Platform issues.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Another Republikkkan who flunked out of elementary  school and can't spell "won't." LOL

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

I bet Ossoff knows the difference between "want" and won't.

Ariel Payne
Ariel Payne

Handle is from Maryland and Ossoff is from Georgia. Do you even have a clue about what you're commenting about?

Tom Haney
Tom Haney

Karen Handel will be the Adult in the room.

Kent Altom
Kent Altom

As if there are any undecideds in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District...

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Which is exactly why Handel waited until now to accept the debate challenge.