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WASHINGTON, Oct.16 (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue appeared to poke fun at Kamala Harris during a rally for President Donald Trump in Battlefield State of Georgia on Friday, where he spoke incorrectly to several the name of the candidate for vice-presidency.
Harris, a United States Senator from California, is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica. Former Vice President Joe Biden named Harris his running mate in August, making her the first black woman and the first Asian American to join a major party’s presidential ticket.
She said her name had to be pronounced “comma-la”.
Perdue, who is fighting a close battle for his re-election to the Senate against Democrat Jon Ossoff, spoke to Trump in the town of Macon, in central Georgia, on Friday night.
Video of her speech shows Perdue repeatedly making exaggerated attempts to pronounce the name before saying, “I don’t know, whatever.” The crowd responds with laughter.
Ossoff tweeted that Perdue wouldn’t have made fun of a fellow senator who was male or white.
John Burke, a campaign spokesperson for Perdue, tweeted that the Senator “just mispronounced Senator Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by that.”
Incumbent Republican President Trump lags Biden in national opinion polls, but state polls show a close race in Georgia, a state that has become increasingly diverse and democratic.
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