ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp sat down exclusively with Channel 2 Action News to discuss his victory over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams for the first time since his re-election Wednesday.
Kemp defeated Abrams on Tuesday night for a second time to win a second term in Georgia’s highest office.
On Wednesday, the governor visited the WSB-TV studios and talked about his vision for the next four years with Channel 2′s Justin Farmer.
He and his formidable ground game will now also take a direct role in getting fellow Republican Herschel Walker elected to the U.S. Senate.
The governor’s win also proves Republicans can stand up to Trump and win.
“We’ve really just had such a good plan, had aggressive ground game, knocked on a million doors since the general election,” Kemp said.
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Channel 2 asked Kemp if he’ll lend that ground game and his full support toward the Walker runoff campaign.
“We’ve already been in conversation with them today and others, and I’m committed to helping the whole ticket,” Kemp said.
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Republicans such as Kemp and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had winning nights while many Trump-backed candidates did not. I asked him if Republicans are moving away from Trump.
Kemp said, “All politics are local, and we never wavered from that despite criticism from both sides of the aisle … (We) stayed focused on what was best for the state.”
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When asked, “Do you know Ron DeSantis? Is he a man you’d support?” Kemp answered, “I certainly know him ...incredible what he did in Florida, and we did (the) same thing, going into non-traditional hoods, trying to get women back, especially on crime, kids in school and breadwinners were staying in their job. When other governors wouldn’t let you make that choice, kids in classroom focused on those issues, and they cut across political lines.”
With Tuesday night’s win and his role in the Walker-Warnock runoff election, Kemp unquestionably moves on to the national stage among Republicans who will be mentioned as future presidential candidates, whether it’s two or six years from now.
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