Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff won praise from progressives on Wednesday night after launching a \u0022blistering attack\u0022 on Sen. David Perdue over the Republican\u0026#039;s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Georgia and his lies about protecting constituents\u0026#039; healthcare.During the candidates\u0026#039; debate, after the Georgia senator resorted to criticizing Ossoff for garnering out-of-state campaign donations—as many Democratic congressional challengers have this year amid the GOP\u0026#039;s refusal to pass legislation to aid struggling families and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic—Ossoff quickly responded by bringing up the federal investigations that were opened into Perdue\u0026#039;s alleged insider trading after the coronavirus reached the U.S. in January.\u0026nbsp;\u0022You shouldn\u0026#039;t do everything that your handlers in Washington tell you to—because you\u0026#039;ll lose your soul along the way.\u0022 —Jon Ossoff, Senate candidatePerdue was one of several senators who used information they gained in early briefings about Covid-19 to sell and buy stocks. He has acknowledged that after a Senate briefing on Jan. 24, he bought stocks several times in a company that produced personal protective equipment, which would soon be needed in hospitals across the country. Perdue also sold several stocks around the same time.\u0026nbsp;Meanwhile, Ossoff told debate viewers, Perdue has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus.\u0022It\u0026#039;s not just that you\u0026#039;re a crook,\u0022 Ossoff said. \u0022It\u0026#039;s that you\u0026#039;re attacking the health of the people that you represent.\u0022Watch:Sen. David Perdue doesn\u0026#039;t deserve to be re-elected.\u0026nbsp;pic.twitter.com/S7Zi3dsnik— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020\u0022You did say Covid-19 was no deadlier than the flu, you did say there would be no uptick in cases,\u0022 added Ossoff, a media executive who narrowly lost an election for a congressional seat in 2017. \u0022All the while, you were looking after your own assets, and your own portfolio.\u0022In May, on a call with local business owners, Perdue defended his state\u0026#039;s reopening by comparing the risk of contracting Covid-19 to that of getting into a car accident and said, \u0022We\u0026#039;ve had ordinary flu seasons with more deaths than we\u0026#039;re seeing now in this one.\u0022At the time, about 80,000 people had died of the disease in the U.S., and Georgia had reported 1,557 cases of Covid-19 in just four months—more than the number of car accidents in the state in all of 2018.\u0026nbsp;Recently, Perdue has offered effusive praise to President Donald Trump over his handling of the pandemic, as Trump has criss-crossed the country, claiming at rallies that the U.S. is \u0022rounding the corner\u0022 even as the country sets single-day case records.\u0026nbsp;\u0022You shouldn\u0026#039;t do everything that your handlers in Washington tell you to—because you\u0026#039;ll lose your soul along the way,\u0022 Ossoff told Perdue during the debate.\u0026nbsp;Ossoff also attacked the senator for proposing the PROTECT Act, a Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which includes loopholes that would allow for-profit insurance companies to deny coverage for people who have pre-existing health conditions.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Under the bill, a person who has cancer technically could buy a plan and not be charged a higher premium due to the illness,\u0022 Sarah Lueck, a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), told The Daily Poster last week. \u0022However, his or her benefits could run out because the insurer imposes an annual or lifetime limit, or the plan might not cover the prescription medicines that treat the cancer.\u0022\u0022You did vote four times to end protections for pre-existing conditions,\u0022 Ossoff told Perdue Wednesday night. \u0022Can you look down the camera and tell the people of this state why you voted four times to allow insurance companies to deny us health coverage, because we may suffer from diabetes, or heart disease, or asthma, or have cancer in remission?\u0022As of this writing, the video of Ossoff challenging Perdue has been viewed more than three million times on Twitter.\u0022When your own messaging bill to protect pre-existing conditions—The PROTECT Act—includes a loophole that makes it so they’re not actually protected, you might get ethered on a debate\u0026nbsp;stage like this,\u0022 tweeted journalist Ryan Grim.When your own messaging bill to protect pre-existing conditions —\u0026nbsp;The PROTECT act — includes a loophole that makes it so they’re not actually protected, you might get ethered on a debate\u0026nbsp;stage like this. Fair warning. https://t.co/CIbtUMWgml— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) October 29, 2020A poll released by Monmouth University on Wednesday found that Ossoff is leading Perdue by three percentage points, putting them in a statistical tie. The University of Georgia\u0026#039;s most recent survey, released Sunday, showed Ossoff one point ahead of Perdue.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Sen. David Perdue doesn\u0026#039;t deserve to be re-elected,\u0022 tweeted Ossoff after the debate.