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Biden does more ‘ribbon cutting’ in South Korea as he touts Hyundai’s new $5.5 billion pledge to build electric car factory in Georgia – boosting Gov. Brian Kemp days before his primary against Trump-backed Perdue
- President Joe Biden will kick off his final day in Seoul by touting Korean automaker Hyundai’s announcement that it will invest $5.5 billion in Georgia
- Overall, Hyundai’s fresh investment in the United States will total $11 billion, a senior White House official said
- While it’s a win for Georgia’s Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock it also gives a boost to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp
- Kemp is facing the Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue on the Republican primary ballot Tuesday
President Joe Biden kicked off his final day in Seoul by touting Korean automaker Hyundai’s announcement that it will invest $5.5 billion to construct an electric vehicle and battery plant in Georgia.
‘Electric vehicles are good for our climate goals, but they’re also good for jobs. And they’re good for business,’ Biden said Sunday morning standing alongside Chung Eui-sun, the chairman of Hyundai, outside the hotel the president stayed at in Seoul.
Overall, Hyundai’s fresh investment in the United States will total around $11 billion, a senior White House official said on a call Sunday morning, with another $5.7 billion going toward advanced automotive technologies.
While the senior official commended the work of the state’s two Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in helping clinch the deal, it’s also a win for Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp – who’s on the ballot Tuesday.
Kemp is being challenged by former GOP Sen. David Perdue, who’s been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, after Kemp allowed Biden’s 2020 election win in the Peach State to stand.
President Joe Biden kicked off his final day in Seoul by touting Korean automaker Hyundai’s announcement that it will invest $5.5 billion to construct an electric vehicle and battery plant in Georgia
Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp (left) appeared at a signing ceremony Friday alongside Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung (right) to formalize the Korean motor giant’s investment in the Peach State
Perdue lost his Senate seat to Ossoff in a pair of run-off races on January 5, 2021, which flipped control of the Senate to the Democrats.
Still, Trump backed him – denying Friday the ‘phony narrative’ that he had given up on Perdue’s bid.
‘I am with David all the way because Brian Kemp was the WORST Governor in the Country on Election Integrity!’ Trump posted to his social media site, Truth Social.
On Friday, while Biden was in Seoul, Hyundai Motor Company president Jay Chang stood alongside Kemp at the future factory site near Savannah.
A year ago, Georgia and local government partners spent $61 million to buy a tract of land where the plant will be consturcted.
Kemp called the investment ‘the largest economic development project in our state’s history.’
‘We are proud to welcome Hyundai Motor Group to Georgia as we forge an innovative future together,’ he also said.
About 8,000 American jobs are expected to be created by the endeavor.
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Kemp has opened up a sizeable lead over Perdue.
Wednesday’s Fox News poll had Kemp, seeking a second term, 32 points head of the Trump-backed Perdue.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Stacey Abrams on the November ballot.
Kemp beat Abrams by a slim margin in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.