Doug Collins for Georgia governor? Lawmaker dodges query after Trump reward

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks as President Trump and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., listen at a campaign rally at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., demurred on questions on a potential run for Georgia governor after President Trump requested him if he would run throughout a rally in Valdosta, Ga., on Saturday.

“I recognize the president. He is a superb buddy,” Collins instructed “Fox & Mates Weekend” on Sunday. “The one political resolution I am proper now could be serving to David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler get elected.”

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Trump turned on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican he beforehand endorsed, after Georgia licensed its outcomes for President-elect Joe Biden. Collins is a longtime Trump ally.

“Doug, you wish to run for governor in two years?” Trump requested on Saturday. “You are a handsome governor.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks as President Trump and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., listen at a campaign rally at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., speaks as President Trump and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., hear at a marketing campaign rally at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photograph/Evan Vucci)

Kemp, a Republican, pushed again on Trump’s calls for for “signature verification” in an try to overturn election outcomes, saying he has referred to as for such an audit 3 times.

After Kemp and the president reportedly spoke Saturday morning, the Georgia governor reminded Trump of their dialog.

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Trump took to Twitter to voice his frustration over dropping the historically purple state by 12,500 votes and stated, “I’ll simply & shortly win Georgia if Governor [Kemp] or the Secretary of State allow a easy signature verification.”

“Has not been completed and can present massive scale discrepancies,” Trump claimed. “Why are these two ‘Republicans’ saying no? If we win Georgia, the whole lot else falls in place!”

However the president’s Saturday feedback didn’t line up with what Kemp reportedly instructed Trump.

“As I instructed the President this morning, I’ve publicly referred to as for a signature audit 3 times (11/20, 11/24, 12/three) to revive confidence in our election course of and to make sure that solely authorized votes are counted in Georgia,” Kemp fired again on Twitter, straight responding to Trump’s tweet.

Collins ran towards Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., within the particular election earlier this yr however misplaced. Now he’s tossing his assist behind her and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as they run for the 2 seats being determined by Georgia’s Senate runoffs.

“That is about truly altering the route of the US Senate, placing it within the arms of Chuck Schumer and an agenda that’s so radical left that we can’t enable this to occur,” Collins stated on Sunday.

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Fox Information’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.



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