Raphael Warnock Blasts No-Show Herschel Walker During Debate

Sen. Raphael Warnock on Sunday blasted his Republican opponent Herschel Walker — represented at the Atlanta debate by an empty podium to the Democratic incumbent’s left — for lying about his “well-documented history of violence” and opposing student debt relief, prescription drug price reforms, and other popular policy moves.

“I think Herschel Walker, if he were here, should tell the people of Georgia why he thinks they should pay for expensive insulin and pharmaceutical companies should be able to charge us whatever they like,” Warnock said, referring to Walker’s oppositionThe Inflation Reduction Act is a law that includes several provisions. provisionsThis is a plan to lower sky-high drug prices.

Walker, who refused to attend Sunday’s event, has campaigned against the Inflation Reduction Act and mocked its climate investments, asking during an August campaign event, “Don’t we have enough trees around here?”

Up until Sunday’s debate, which Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver also attended, Warnock had largely declined to spotlight revelations about Walker’s personal life, including accusations that he — a fervent opponent of reproductive rights — paid for a former girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.

After The Daily Beast broke the abortion story earlier this month and Walker’s son accusedWarnock accused him of violence told reporters that he would “let the pundits decide how they think it will impact the race.”

But during Sunday’s event, Warnock offered sharp criticism of Walker’s past violence against his ex-wife and slammed the Republican Senate nominee for refusing to be forthright with the public.

“If Mr. Walker were here, I’d ask him about this disturbing history of violence,” said Warnock. “And we’re not just talking about one woman, but multiple women. He threatened to kill the ex-wife and put a gun to his head. He’s threatened other women.”

“When asked about that, he really hasn’t given account for this kind of violence. I want to know from him why he thinks he is ready to represent the people of Georgia and if he’s ready to face up to this history of violence,” Warnock continued. “This race is about who’s ready to represent the people of Georgia in the U.S. Senate. And by not showing up tonight for the job interview, by giving nonsensical answers about this history of violence, Herschel Walker shows he is not ready.”

Warnock’s victory in a 2021 runoff helped Democrats secure the narrow Senate majority that they’re now hoping to retain and expand with the Georgia incumbent’s help.

Walker still trails Warnock in the race despite the many scandals that have marred his campaign. pollsGOP is the national Republican Party. big-money organizations, and former President Donald Trump remain supportive of the former NFL star’s candidacy.

With early voting set to begin Monday, Warnock continues to campaign heavily on policy achievements such as the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation plan, which the Georgia Democrat pushed for. For debt relief up to $20,000 went liveFriday

Walker said that he doesn’t support student debt forgiveness. However, surveys show that it is a popular position. popular with the public — including those who have paid off their student debt.

“I didn’t co-sign for anyone’s loan and it’s not right,” Walker saidDuring a Friday debate with Warnock. “It’s not fair.”