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Georgia Gov. Kemp Refuses to Say Whether He Will Campaign With Trump


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declined Sunday to say whether he will campaign with former President Donald Trump if the Republican decides to hold a rally in his state.

“Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream cited a recent report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that speculated Trump might hold a rally in Georgia this month and asked Kemp if he would join the event.

“Will you show up with him at a rally in Georgia?” Bream asked the governor.

“Well, I’m not too concerned about the speculation in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: They haven’t been friends with me,” Kemp replied. “I’m focused on talking to hard-working Georgians, making sure they know that I will continue to fight for them every day, to fight the highest inflation in 40 years, the disaster at the gas pump, the disaster at the border, and keep our state moving in the right direction.

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Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp speaks during his primary night party at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame on May 24, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“We got the lowest unemployment rate in state history,” he continued. “We’ve had two consecutive record years for economic development. No matter what your zip code is, you have an opportunity to prosper economically. That’s what I’m focused on. I can’t control a lot of things that any newspaper is saying.”

Bream pressed Kemp again, asking, “But if the former president shows up, would you campaign with him? Would you go to a rally? I know they have some sort of ‘frenemy,’ but would that be a benefit?” for you or do you think it’s a distraction to appear with him on stage?”

Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia speaks at a re-election rally on September 27, 2022 in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia speaks at a re-election rally on September 27, 2022 in Alpharetta, Georgia.
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“Well, that’s not something I can control,” Kemp replied. “I’m focused on what I can control in this fight. I’ve asked all Republicans to rally behind our candidacy, and that’s certainly what I’m doing, and I’m sure he is too. He knows, like every other Republican and people in between, that the focus needs to be on this president and what he has done that he is hurting working Georgians.”

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“I mean, Joe Biden said he would never raise taxes on American and Georgian workers, and now he has, while spending more money when we have 40-year high inflation,” he added. “That’s what people need to focus on, and don’t get distracted by the arguments that Stacey Abrams and other Democrats across the country are making, because they don’t want to talk about those issues.”

Former President Donald Trump gestures during a rally on Friday, September 23, 2022, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Former President Donald Trump gestures during a rally on Friday, September 23, 2022, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Trump is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Justice Department over documents that resulted in the FBI raiding his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida in August. But unlike his successor, President Joe Biden, Trump has partnered at near-weekly rallies with Republicans involved in crucial midterm races. Biden has stayed away from swing states where his presence could do more harm than good for Democrats facing challenging re-elections.

Kemp is running for re-election in November and currently enjoys a 7-point lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

Paul Steinhauser of Fox News contributed to this report.



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