Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Abrams, Kemp set to meet in Georgia governor's debate

Abrams, Kemp set to meet in Georgia governor's debate

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee running for Georgia governor, is defending her actions at a 1992 protest where she burned a Georgia state flag that included Confederate markings.

Abrams addressed the issue at the debate, saying: "Twenty-six years ago, as a college freshman, I along with many other Georgians, including the governor of Georgia, were deeply disturbed by the racial divisiveness that was embedded in the state flag with that Confederate symbol".

Abrams said that Kemp's record as Georgia's secretary of state "causes great concern" and pointed to the release of voter data under Kemp's watch and the state's "exact match" voter registration system.

If elected, Ms. Abrams, 44, would become the first black female governor in the nation.

She's locked in a very close race with Republican Brian Kemp.

The two sides of Georgia's heated gubernatorial race appeared on stage together for their first debate Tuesday and familiar themes were on hand for the candidates, except a fire alarm about 5 minutes into the program.

Democratic Candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams has cast her ballot for the election on November 6th.

"I've never seen the free market say 'I'm going to replace that stint in your heart next door and not make you go 200 miles to get it done, '" Abrams continued.

Absentee ballots also anxious Kemp. While at Spelman, she took part in protests against Georgia's racist past.

Georgia's poor track record on civil rights issues helps to explain why Abrams, throughout her career in public service, has long dedicated herself to franchising new voters. He is being sued, as chief elections officer, by various groups for "voter suppression".

Abrams' criticism of the free market echoes her previous claim about not needing "Conservative values to win in Georgia'".

Kemp has promised a tax cut, a teacher pay raise (financed by some sort of spending cap), and anti-gang measures, but spent most of the debate as he's spent most of the campaign-attacking Abrams as an "extremist" who wants to raise taxes and let undocumented immigrants vote and receive government benefits.

Abrams is now locked in a dead heat with Republican candidate Kemp, who is getting high praise from the oval office.

Political pressure to change the state flag began to mount again as the state sought to host the 1996 Olympics and concerns rose that a blatant symbol of the Confederacy was harming the state's business reputation, according to the AP.

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