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Sen. Perdue Jokes He Will Fly AOC Down to Georgia to Campaign for Opponent

'We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again...'

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., reportedly joked that he would buy Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., a ticket to Georgia so she can help his opponent campaign.

“She’s going go be down here. I’m going to buy her a ticket! I want her to come down to Georgia. We’ll have that debate,” Perdue said at a campaign stop on Monday, according to NBC News.

Perdue’s comment reflects the general understanding that Ocasio–Cortez’s radical policies hurt Democrats down-ballot during the 2020 election. Republicans gained multiple House seats and fended off several competitive Senate challenges.

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Even House Democrats are worried that Ocasio–Cortez’s platform, which includes policies such as the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, and ‘Defund the police,’ will cost them additional seats in 2022.

“We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. . . . We lost good members because of that,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., said during a Democratic Caucus call after the election. “If we are classifying Tuesday as a success . . . we will get f—ing torn apart in 2022.”

Ocasio–Cortez and other House progressives, however, have pushed back on this criticism from their moderate colleagues. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended the election as a “victory” for the Democratic Party.

“We held the House. Joe Biden is on a clear path to be the next president of the United States,” Pelosi said. “We did not win every battle, but we did win the war.”

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Perdue is one of two Georgia incumbents who will determine whether the GOP keeps its Senate majority.

He faces Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in January during the state’s run-off election, and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock.

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