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Biden cuts ad for Georgia Senate candidates

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 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 TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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 PerdueSuburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE (R-Ga.) and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority 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 HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE to cast tie-breaking votes.

Biden in 2020 became the first Democrat to win in Georgia since Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMcConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' The Memo: Biden strives for common ground after Trump turmoil 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.