The gloves came off among U.S. Senate candidates Monday, Oct. 19, in a virtual debate that especially featured verbal sparring between U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, and incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
“You’ve attacked my hair, my makeup, how I talk, my clothes, where I’m from,” Loeffler said. “I am the true conservative. I don’t have to have a record I have to lie about.”
“I’ve never mentioned anything personally about (Loeffler) – her fixtures, hair or anything else,” Collins shot back. “But it’s amazing what she (says) about me.”
The exchange began with a question Collins asked Loeffler about China, as candidates could ask each other questions during an Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting debate featuring six of the race’s 21 top-polling candidates.
Also featured in the debate were Democrat Matt Lieberman, libertarian Brian Slowinski, Democrat Ed Tarver and Democrat Raphael Warnock.
At one point in the hour-long debate, Warnock asked Collins if he would condemn QAnon, a conspiracy-theory group that says Satan-worshiping pedophiles made up of Hollywood celebrities, liberal politicians and others are running a child sex-trafficking ring.
“I don’t agree with QAnon … and don’t support them,” Collins said, quickly adding that Democrats overlook Antifa, “which is setting our cities on fire.”
Antifa has been described as far-left-leaning militant groups that confront or resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations.
Collins fired back at Warnock, asking him if would condemn Antifa.
“I condemn violence, no matter where it shows up or who the source is,” Warnock said. “I’m the pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church.”
Loeffler chimed in on the discussion, saying, “I don’t know anything about QAnon. What I know is we need to make sure we have fighters in Washington for American ideals, who will stand up to the radical left and socialist agenda.”
The rest of the candidates in the race are independent Al Bartell, independent Allen Buckley, John "Green" Fortuin of the Green Party, Republican Derrick E. Grayson, independent Michael Todd Greene, Republican Annette Davis Jackson, Democrat Deborah Jackson, Democrat Jamesia James, Republican A. Wayne Johnson, Democrat Tamara Johnson-Shealey, write-in Rod Mack, Democrat Joy Felicia Slade, independent Valencia Stovall, Republican Kandiss Taylor and Democrat Richard Dien Winfield.