A day after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed concerns about Sen. Raphael Warnock’s re-election bid, Warnock’s opponent, Herschel Walker, mocked Schumer and continued to deny allegations that he paid for former girlfriends’ abortions during a campaign stop in Statesboro.
Walker stumped in front of Anderson’s General Store, a retail outlet on the outskirts of the city located 60 miles east of Walker’s hometown of Wrightsville. Approximately 100 residents attended the rally, and Walker was joined by the U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Evans), whose district includes Statesboro; U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN); and Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
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Asked about Schumer’s assertion that Democratic candidates are “going downhill” in Georgia and that “it’s hard to believe that” Georgia voters “will go for Herschel Walker,” the challenger said the comments are an example of Schumer being out of touch with Georgians. Schumer’s words, spoken to President Joe Biden and not to the media on Thursday, were captured by a nearby microphone belonging to a television crew covering the president.
“He represents New York; I’m from Georgia,” Walker said of Schumer in an interview following his campaign rally. “He’s the reason we’re in this mess, the policies he puts out.”
Walker was quick to tie his opponent, Warnock, to Schumer and Biden. Warnock is an incumbent who won his seat in the same election in which Biden was elected president and the Democrats won control of the U.S. Senate.
“Georgians expect a senator who represents them and doesn’t represent the Washington elite and President Joe Biden,” Walker said.
Walker refused to address questions regarding women who allege he paid for them to have abortions after they became pregnant with his child. Earlier this week, a woman accused Walker, a staunch anti-abortion advocate, of helping her terminate a pregnancy in 1993. That accusation is the second against Walker. Another woman with whom Walker acknowledges he once had a romantic relationship made a similar claim earlier this month.
Walker labels the allegations “lies.”