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Common joins Democratic Georgia U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock at Garden City campaign rally Saturday
A few hundred supporters and hip-hop fans gather for a drive-up rally at the Garden City Stadium
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Acclaimed hip-hop artist Common appears at a Garden City rally supporting the U.S. Senate campaigns of Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Dec. 19. - photo by Taylor Clayton
Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock added some glory to a Garden City rally on Saturday featuring a live performance by acclaimed hip-hop artist Common.

Warnock was campaigning in and around his native city of Savannah for the second Saturday in a row on Dec. 19, this time joined by Ossoff and Common during a Garden City stop on his “It’s Time To Vote” bus tour. Ossoff and Warnock are vying to unseat Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the Peach State’s nationally prominent Jan. 5, 2021 senate-runoff races, which will determine the balance of power in Washington, D.C. for the next two years.

“I’m so grateful to be back in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, and I’ve decided to bring our brother Common with us,” Warnock said to the Saturday gathering of a few hundred people, many parked in their cars for the drive-up rally held with COVID-19 precautions. “I’m so glad he’s here and Jon is here, we wanted to take it up another level. You know, I put on for my city.”

Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock speaks at a rally to boost his U.S. Senate campaign, appearing along with Jon Ossoff and hip-hop artist Common, in Garden City on Dec. 19.
Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock speaks at a rally to boost his U.S. Senate campaign, appearing along with Jon Ossoff and hip-hop artist Common, in Garden City on Dec. 19. - photo by Taylor Clayton
Warnock went on to say that he would not forget about Savannah-area residents if elected.

“There’s no place like home,” Warnock said. “Savannah, Georgia, it’s been 150 years since we had a United States senator from Savannah. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time. When I get to the United States Senate, I will have Savannah on my mind.”

During his speech, Ossoff asserted that Perdue and Loeffler were more interested in their own personal enrichment than helping struggling Georgia residents.

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff waves to the crowd at a rally to boost his U.S. Senate campaign, appearing along with Raphael Warnock and hip-hop artist Common, in Garden City on Dec. 19.
Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff waves to the crowd at a rally to boost his U.S. Senate campaign, appearing along with Raphael Warnock and hip-hop artist Common, in Garden City on Dec. 19. - photo by Taylor Clayton
“We are running against the Bonnie and Clyde of corruption in politics. Savannah, how did we wind up with David and Kelly?” Ossoff said. “Two United States senators more concerned with lining their own pockets in office than protecting the health and the financial well-being of we the people who pay their salary.”

Common performed some of his hit singles, including “The People”, “The Light”, and the Oscar-winning “Glory” featured in the 2014 film Selma. Prior to each song, he spoke about the relevance each one had to Georgia’s senate-runoff election.

“This glory is for those that came before us,” Common said. “Who strategized, who walked across bridges, who fed the children, who were hosed down, some were killed, dogs were sicced on them. They sacrificed their lives for us.”