getty images (2) Michelle Obama (left), Raphael Warnock
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is wading into the Georgia Senate run-off with a robocall and radio ad urging Georgia voters to turn out in support of Democrat Raphael Warnock.
"Hello, Georgia. This is Michelle Obama, reminding you that you have the power to change things in the upcoming Senate runoff election," says Mrs. Obama in the robocall, which will reach voters today (the final day of early voting) and again on Jan. 5, Election Day.
The call continues: "I'm asking you to vote for Reverend Raphael Warnock, because I know he'll work with Joe Biden to help make health care more affordable and together, they'll finally take the coronavirus seriously, passing the economic relief Georgia families need and helping get people back to work."
A radio ad featuring Mrs. Obama will also begin running this weekend, in advance of next Tuesday. The ad features a nearly identical script, with the addition of a message from Warnock:
"I'm Raphael Warnock. Election Day is Tuesday and this race is going to be incredibly close so it's really important to make sure your voice is heard. I approve this message and I humbly ask for your vote."
Georgia, it’s not too late to join the more than two million people who’ve voted early in the runoff election for the U.S. Senate. Go to https://t.co/z56p0wA20l to find an early polling location and make sure your friends and family have a plan to vote. https://t.co/MWKecNHrFP
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 28, 2020
Both Mrs. Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have been increasingly vocal about politics in the last year, particularly in the run-up to the 2020 election and amid the spiking death toll brought on by the novel coronavirus.
Mrs. Obama has mirrored that criticism, saying that Trump was "clearly in over his head" as president during her own DNC speech.
Following Biden and Harris' win over Trump, Mrs. Obama said Americans still had work to do and should not settle into complacency.
“It’s up to us to stay engaged and informed, to keep speaking out and marching on. We’ve got to vote in even greater numbers in the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia—and every state and local election going forward,” she wrote, in a lengthy statement shared on social media.
The two runoff races being held in Georgia next Tuesday will determine which party ultimately has control of one half of Congress.
Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, faces Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one race.
Georgia's other Senate race sees Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff — an investigative documentary producer and former political aide — facing incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue.
Both parties have been looking to get out the vote in advance of Election Day, with former President Obama appearing in a virtual rally for Warnock and Ossoff earlier this month.
“This is not just about Georgia,” Obama said, appearing via Zoom. “This is about America and this is about the world.”
President Trump, meanwhile, announced that he would stump for Perdue and Loeffler in a rally slated for next Monday.
Trump has recently found himself at odds with some GOP members in Congress, due to a a COVID-19 relief bill passed last week.
Though Trump signed the bill into law this week, he did so after demanding it be amended so that Americans would receive stimulus payments of $2,000, rather than the $600 currently in the bill.
Democrats — including Warnock and Ossoff — have seized on Trump's demand for $2,000 checks, arguing that it's what they wanted all along. But the majority of Republicans have come out against them, saying larger checks would only add to the country's deficit.
Already facing a tough reelection battle, both Perdue and Loeffler recently announced their support of the larger checks.
Their support of the checks puts them at odds with others in their party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has repeatedly blocked attempts to take up a bill that would increase the $600 payments to $2,000.