COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Ahead of this historic day, News 3 spoke with several of Georgia’s Republican leaders to hear their reaction to the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Today, Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, and now Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, Geoff Duncan, and State Senator, Randy Robertson, reacted to the news.
“My encouragement to everyone who might say Joe Biden isn’t the person they voted for, the constitution is still alive and well, and this is America, and we have an opportunity to agree and disagree, and I’m assuming that I’m going to agree with some of the things that the Biden Administration does, and I’m going to disagree, but the constitution gives us all the right to voice that disagreement,” says Geoff Duncan, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia.
“We have a job to do and it doesn’t matter who’s sitting in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. My obligation is to the citizens of District 29 and the other 11 million citizens in Georgia, and I’m not going to deviate from my job because there’s a change of leadership inside the beltline of D.C.,” says Randy Robertson, Georgia’s State Senator of the 29th District.
After Republicans lost the White House in 2020 and lost both of Georgia’s two crucial U.S. Senate Seats in 2021, Duncan and Robertson share their strategy moving forward.
“Going forward for the GOP, I think we’ve got to call it the GOP 2.0. And I’m using a strategy called ‘My Pet Project,’ policy, empathy, and tone. We’ve got to understand what policies we’re good at, we’ve got to be more empathetic and understanding of folks we’re trying to invite into our party, and we’ve got to message better than 280 characters on Twitter,” says Duncan.
Robertson’s sentiments are not too far off from what Duncan shared.
“It’s to remember what our mission is, remember what our job is, and not to slow down. Our focus has always been poverty, creating jobs, protecting our public, and we don’t need to allow politics to get us off point,” says Robertson.
While some republicans are still reluctant to accept the election results, Duncan says he is ready is ready to move forward.
“Look, facts and figures don’t lie. Move on from any sort of misinformation or any opportunities to accept a conspiracy theory. They’re not true. Brad Raffensperger, Governor Kemp, myself, all the election officials in 159 counties worked hard to certify and validate a legal election, let’s move on, let’s get as much work done being the minority up and congress and move on,” says Duncan.
Duncan took to Twitter this morning to offer his prayers for President Biden and his incoming administration.
The full interview with both of these state leaders can be found below.