Republican candidate for the Georgia Sixth congressional district Karen Handel said during the televised debate on Tuesday night that “I do not support a livable wage.”
“This is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative: I do not support a livable wage,” she said in response to a viewer question about raising the minimum wage.
“What I support is making sure that we have an economy that is robust with low taxes and less regulation,” Handel continued. She said that raising the minimum wage could “dramatically” hurt small businesses.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, said that “the minimum wage should be a living wage.”
Ossoff’s campaign slammed Handel’s remark in a tweet after the debate. Her comment quickly went viral.
"Someone working full time should earn a decent standard of living." – Jon Ossoff pic.twitter.com/hf1yO7YfLX
— Team Ossoff (@TeamOssoff) June 7, 2017
Watch the exchange about “livable wage” at the debate:
In another key moment of the debate, Ossoff backed Handel into a corner and had her squirming about cutting off funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood during her tenure at the Komen Foundation.
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) June 7, 2017
Most viewers believe Ossoff won the debate. Karen Handel’s performance explains why her handlers want to keep her hidden from the public. She was rude and light on facts.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 7, 2017