Raphael Warnock is one of the Democratic candidates in Georgia aspiring to reach the United States Senate, the very same man that 25 years ago ended up singing the international socialist anthem celebrating Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Raphael Warnock was a youth pastor at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 1995. Although he made no decisions on that occasion, he applauded the tyrant’s welcome, who was already considered a human rights violator at the time.
According to Cubanet, the church’s main pastor, Calvin Butts, defended the decision to invite Castro at that time saying it was about “welcoming those who are visionaries, revolutionaries and who seek the freedom of all people around the world.”
According to a biography on the Ebenezer Baptist Church’s website, Raphael Warnock served for 10 years in the Abyssinian until 1997, meaning he was there when Castro was invited.
Warnock’s Democratic campaign denies a close link between him and the Cuban dictator; however, Warnock has left evidence of his affinity with socialism.
Socialist Raphael Warnock?
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has already publicly expressed his support for Warnock. Likewise, the aspiring senator supports the expansion of the Affordable Care Act.
In an interview for Atlanta Magazine, the candidate spoke of a kind of drug price control: “I would expect to work across the hall to reduce the cost of prescription drugs through price negotiations, including pushing for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to have the power to negotiate lower drug prices,” he said.
Warnock also spoke of pressuring so-called big pharma “At the federal level, we can push for Congress to reduce the power of special interests, such as big pharmaceutical companies.”
Warnock, the Democratic candidate won a first round of voting on November 3rd, but a runoff will be held in Georgia in January.
Georgia’s runoff will determine control of the Senate
Control of the Senate majority will depend on Georgia. This state will repeat its two senate races on January 5, 2021, because no candidate has reached up to 50% of the vote.
This state has an unusual requirement. Candidates must receive the majority of the votes to win an election, and if no one does, the top two finishers advance to a runoff.
In one race, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler will face Raphael Warnock. On the other, Republican Senator David Perdue will defend his seat against Democratic contestant Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old former journalist. Republicans are slightly ahead in the polls and received more votes in both races’ first round.
Polls show Republican Senator David Perdue with 49% of the vote intention and Democrat Jon Ossoff with 46%. In the other race, Republican Senator Loeffler has 49%, while Warnock has 48%.
Biden won Georgia by 14,000 votes, but the state will go to a full recount since the difference is less than 0,5 %. If, as polls suggest, the Republican Party takes over the upper house of Congress, a Joe Biden government will find a tight political landscape that may allow Republicans to prevent potential left-wing laws, judges’ appointments, and even confirmation of the Executive’s positions.