Biden cuts ad for Georgia Senate candidates

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE released a joint ad for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia runoff elections, arguing that he needs a Senate majority to pass a COVID-19 relief package that has been struggling to move through Congress.

“Georgia, I know things are tough right now. But I want you to know, help is on the way,” Biden says in the 60-second direct-to-camera ad.

“My administration is preparing to beat COVID-19 and get economic relief to the American people," said Biden, who added that he was prepared to sign a relief package on his first day in office.

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"Let me be clear, I need Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the United States Senate to get this done,” Biden said.

Congress is nearing a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, but lawmakers hope it will be signed into law by President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE as part of a larger spending package. Congress hopes to complete work on the bill and send it to Trump before Christmas. 

Biden has supported the package, but described it as a down payment, saying Congress should take additional steps.

Ossoff and Warnock are running against Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R-Ga.) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race WNBA announces zero COVID-19 positive tests, 99 percent fully vaccinated MORE (R-Ga.) on Jan. 5 to determine which party controls the Senate. Democrats must win both seats to achieve a 50-50 split in the upper chamber, which would allow Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE to cast tie-breaking votes.

Biden in 2020 became the first Democrat to win in Georgia since Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Biden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE in 1992, narrowly defeating President Trump by about 10,000 votes.

Polls show both Senate races are extremely tight.

Biden campaigned in Georgia at an outdoor rally for Ossoff and Warnock this week.