Doug Collins appeared this morning on Fox News Channel's “Fox and Friends” to announce his decision to run for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 special election to fill former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson's seat.
“I’m just going to confirm, we’re in for the Georgia Senate race. I’ve still got a lot of work left to do to help this president finish his impeachment out,” Collins said on “Fox and Friends.”
Collins went on to say that he will be making a bigger announcement on his decision later in Georgia.
During the interview, Collins is asked if he is ready for the task and does he believe him running will create tension between him and Kelly Loeffler and open the seat up to a Democrat.
“No. We’re not concerned about that at all,” Collins responded. “I’m concerned about going to the people of Georgia.”
Collins went on to say that he’s always run with three reasons in mind and those are his three children.
“We’ve fought for this president, we’ve fought for our state and we’ve fought for this country,” Collins said. “We’re going to continue to do that. I look forward to a good exchange of ideas and to this election.”
When Isakson’s seat first became vacant at the end of 2019, President Donald Trump made it known that he was in support of Collins for the seat. During the interview, Collins is asked if he believes the president will endorse him for the upcoming election.
“Well I think that’s up to the president,” Collins said. “I appreciate all his help and support in the past (and) we look forward to working for him and to be back in Washington to do just that.”
As a lifelong Georgian, Doug has lived a life of faith, public service, and conservative values. Since 2013, he has proudly represented Northeast Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last year, Doug has served as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, leading the fight against Democrats’ baseless attacks on President Trump.
Doug has served as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve since 2002, including a tour in Iraq in 2008. He is the only military chaplain in the House.
Following Doug Collins’ Senate announcement, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin released the following statement in support of Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA):
“The shortsightedness in this decision is stunning. Doug Collins’ selfishness will hurt David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and President Trump. Not to mention the people of Georgia who stand to bear the burden of it for years to come. All he has done is put two senate seats, multiple house seats, and Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in play. The NRSC stands firmly behind Sen. Kelly Loeffler and urges anyone who wants to re-elect President Trump, hold the GOP senate majority, and stop socialism to do the same.”
The Senate Leadership Fund released the following statement after Representative Doug Collins announced he would challenge Senator Kelly Loeffler in Georgia:
"It’s so selfish of Doug Collins to be promoting himself when President Trump needs a unified team and Senator Loeffler is such a warrior for the President. As we've said before, Senator Loeffler is an outsider like Trump, not just another DC politician. We’ll have her back if she needs us."