Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., said after being targeted early Tuesday morning in a pair of tweets from President Donald Trump, he appreciates the president's interest, but claimed he is "misinformed with respect to my priorities."
"I am focused on going to Washington to get things done for this community, to cut wasteful spending so we can grow the economy," Ossoff, widely considered as the front-running Democrat heading into Tuesday's race in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, told CNN's "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.
The Tuesday race is featuring 18 candidates, including 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two independents. If there is a clear winner with more than 50 percent of the vote, that person will go on to replace former Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who is now the secretary of Health and Human Services. If there is not a clear winner, the people in first and second places will vie in a runoff race.
In his tweets, Trump warned Ossoff is weak on immigration and crime, and favors higher taxes.
Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat has been held for years by Republicans, but is now being seen nationally as a referendum on Trump's administration. Ossoff, though, said he is not focused on the interest the race has gotten.
"This race is about local economic issues and values that unite people in the community here in Georgia," Ossoff told Cuomo. "All politics is local."
Meanwhile, Ossoff will not be able to vote for himself because he does not currently live in the district, but instead just outside the area with his girlfriend, a medical student.
"I grew up in this district," Ossoff said. "I grew up in this community. It's something I've been very transparent about. In fact, I'm proud to be supporting her career."
He said he will move back into the district when his girlfriend finishes school, but refused to answer a question about when he would marry her, telling Cuomo he thinks he could say that was more of a "personal question," but he will call when he has something to announce.
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