Walker was on the attack out of the gate. He wanted to prove that he could, in fact, string together a few sentences and was fit to run the state. Asked about government inflation cuts, he walked a meandering path that the country needed to be “energy independent” because “we get our gas from enemies who don’t like us.”
Warnock countered with his record of helping pass “the biggest tax cut” for middle-class families. He was talking about child tax credit as part of the US bailout. Under the scheme,families will receive tax credits of up to $3,000 for each child aged 6 to 17 and up to $3,600 for children under six,” according to Georgia Public Broadcasting. Warnock also played a role in the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Asked about Georgia’s election laws, specifically SB 202, Walker said it “made it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” Let’s unbox this.
One of the most important reasons Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is encouraging Georgians to vote early is that Republicans are doing everything they can to disrupt this election and prevent Democrats from being able to vote. .
This year, Republicans tried to purge thousands upon thousands of voter registrations, all in the name of alleged electoral fraud. They use SB 202a bill signed into law by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp after the loss of Donald Trump in 2020, to “monitor Georgia’s voter roll,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Mark Niesse writes.
Nsé Ufot, managing director of the New Georgia Project Action Fund, Told The Guardian“There is no doubt that the push for Senate Bill 202, much like the Jan. 6 insurrection, was a response to the rising type of multiracial American electorate. Full stop… I see a straight line between these two points. No curve.
When Walker was asked whether or not he believed Biden won the 2020 election, he admitted that he did. To finish.
But that’s not what he said during a Interview with Fox News in December 2020. “I can guarantee you that Joe Biden didn’t get 50 million people to vote for him, but yet people think he won this election.”
In the debate, Walker added, “President Trump is my friend.”
In a heated abortion-themed exchange, Walker defended the allegations reported by The Daily Beast that he paid an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion. Walker called the story “an outright lie”.
But, when it comes to a total ban on abortion, which he said he supported, Walker claimed and said he supported the “heartbeat bill”, which provides exceptions for rape and incest because he supported the bill passed by the Georgians. Warnock repeatedly said and said during the debate that he was pro-choice. “I trust women more than politicians,” Warnock said.
Walker continued to challenge Warnock on his Christian values and the depth of his faith.
Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, ended this segment of the debate with: “I think he wants to give politicians more power than God has.”
Asked about the student loan waiver, Walker said he opposed it because not everyone wanted to go to college. “Maybe they joined the army and lost an arm.” Okay… Warnock countered with a challenge on why Walker didn’t mention: “corporations that got PPP loans”.
In implementing a federal minimum wage, Walker opposed it, while Warnock argued for a “living wage” for all.
Warnock refused to dip his toes into Walker’s mess and struck an overall calm tone. Except when asked whether or not he supports law enforcement. That’s when things got weird for Walker.
Warnock replied, “We will see time and time again, as we have seen before, that my opponent has a problem with the truth,” Warnock said. “And just because he says something doesn’t make it true.” Adding, “one thing I’ve never done is pretend to be a cop, and I’ve never threatened a shootout with the police.”
Then, out of nowhere, Walker pulled out what appeared to be a fake sheriff’s badge, saying, “I’ve worked with a lot of cops.” A gesture contrary to the rules of debate. When the moderate told him no props were allowed, he claimed it was “real.”
Ever since Daily Kos began reporting on Walker, we’ve covered lie upon lie about everything since graduating from the University of Georgia, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; to hide the fact that he had other children than his 22-year-old son Christian; mammoth exaggerations about his business acumen; to the great story of when he founded (or co-founded) the veterans organization Support for Patriots—what he did not do. He recently tried to deny that Donald Trump ever said the 2020 election was stolen and that he is lying about his companies’ alleged charitable donations, almost none of which could be verified by The Washington Post. Walker even tried to connect with the native peoples by claiming that his mother told him that his grandmother was “pureblood Cherokee”, something that has not been verified, and even his mother seemed confused when asked.
After the debate, the only one where the candidates will face off before the election, Walker sent his surrogates to speak with the press.
The first was Ralph Reed, a Politics GOP policy strategist for three decades and former state party chairman. Reed told reporters he was thrilled with Walker’s performance.
“Herschel has done a good job of keeping expectations low,” Reed said. And Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, a Republican state congressman, told reporters, “I haven’t been so proud to have Herschel Walker on my team since he played in the football for the University of Georgia.”
Ultimately, Walker’s strategy was to tie Warnock to Biden as a negative thing. But the truth is, Biden has accomplished so much in just two short years. Dark Brandon is on a roll, and no matter what Walker and the GOP say, you can’t take away the many accomplishments. Let’s just hope people come out and vote!
The Atlanta Press Club will host another Senate debate on Monday. Warnock agreed to attend, along with Chase Oliver, a Libertarian candidate in the race. Walker did not commit, The Washington Post reports.
In place, Walker accepted to sit down for a televised town hall hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity in Acworth, Georgia, north of Atlanta.