GOP panel is asked if they’ll extend unemployment benefits, long dumb awkward pause ensues

During a Georgia GOP primary debate earlier this week, candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would extend benefits for the thousands of American workers who’ve been saddled with long-term unemployment.

The question resulted in a long, awkward pause with some of the candidates looking around at each other.

None of the six candidates ended up raising their hands. But when asked if they would vote against a measure to extend unemployment benefits, all six raised their hands immediately.

In the state of Georgia there are 66,729 people on extended unemployment benefits. According to the Associated Press, the state’s unemployment rate is 7.4 percent, slightly above the national average.


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