Politics

CNN Panel Gushes That Ossoff Sounds Like Obama

CNN's Don Lemon and the panel on his show gushed Tuesday night that Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff sounded like former President Barack Obama during a speech to supporters.

After Ossoff spoke to supporters Tuesday night as election results were coming in for Georgia's special election, Lemon compared his delivery to Obama's.

"Am I the only one who said he sounded like Barack Obama, no?" Lemon asked. "Did that sound like Barack Obama to you?"

"Yes, he did. He did," panelist Tara Setmayer said. "Listen, he's 30 years old, I guess it worked for him."

"He's inspired!" fellow panelist Angela Rye added. "Yes we can, Jon Ossoff, yes we can!"

Ossoff received the most votes of any candidate running in Georgia's sixth congressional district to fill the vacant House seat, but he did not garner 50 percent of the vote. Therefore, he will face Republican Karen Handel, the no. 2 vote-getter, in a runoff in June.

During Ossoff's speech, he condemned "dark money" in the election and called his campaign "grassroots."

"There is no amount of dark money, super PAC negative advertising that can overcome real grassroots energy like this, so bring it on!" Ossoff said.

Ossoff's campaign has received millions of dollars from out-of-state donors, including from Hollywood. Samuel L. Jackson also did a radio advertisement for Ossoff, and some people even traveled to Georgia from across the country to help the campaign.