Warnock, Obama attack Walker’s suitability for rally job: ‘You actually have to know things to do this job’
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and former President Obama flipped the fitness of GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker at a rally Friday.
Obama visited Georgia as one of many stops he is making before the midterms with less than two weeks to go until Election Day. Warnock and Walker are locked in a close race for the state Senate seat, but the incumbent senator and former president said at the rally that Walker has not done the necessary work for the position.
“You actually have to know things to do this job,” Warnock said.
He said Walker was “not ready” and “not fit” to represent Georgia because the office requires the incumbent to be someone people can trust. He said Walker is “lying about the most basic facts of his life”.
Walker has faced intense scrutiny throughout the campaign due to a lack of transparency following multiple revelations about his personal life.
He ran his campaign with an emphasis on family values, but reports emerged that he fathered a total of four children with different women, three of whom he was unmarried to. His son Christian Walker recently criticized him for being largely absent from the lives of all his children.
Walker also ran on a platform fiercely opposed to abortion, no exceptions. But he reportedly reimbursed a woman who eventually became the mother of one of his children for an abortion she had after conceiving a child in 2009.
The woman also claims that Walker encouraged her to have an abortion the second time she became pregnant, but she continued with the pregnancy. A second woman accused Walker on Wednesday of pressuring her to have an abortion in 1993 during a years-long affair.
“He wears his lies literally like a badge of honor,” Warnock said, referring to a badge Walker pulled out during a debate between the two candidates.
Walker claimed he trained as an FBI agent and worked with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in June that he never been a certified FBI agent or officer and that there are no records in Cobb County. support their claims.
Walker admitted in an interview with NBC News that the badge he displayed during the debate was an “honorary badge”, but Warnock criticized him for “impersonating a police officer”.
“If we can’t trust him to tell the truth about his life, how can we trust him to protect our lives, our families, our children, our jobs and our future?” Warnock said.
Obama said the race between Warnock and Walker is a “study in contrast.” He called Walker an “incredible” football player, but that doesn’t make him the best person to represent Georgia in the Senate.
Obama compared the idea of electing Walker to the Senate to having Walker fly a plane if someone sees him at an airport.
“You would probably want to know, ‘Can he fly a plane?’ “, he said.
He said being a football player was not disqualifying from running for the Senate, but that players had to “get down to business”. He said there was little evidence that Walker was “at all” interested in learning anything about public service or helping people.
“At least we don’t really know about it, and that makes you suspicious,” Obama said. “It sounds to me like a celebrity who wants to be a politician, and we’ve seen how that goes.”
He said character issues and a habit of not telling the truth say something “about the kind of leader you’re going to be”.
“If a candidate’s primary qualification is that they’re going to be loyal to Donald Trump, that means they’re not really going to think about you and your needs, and you deserve better,” Obama said.