Obama targets Herschel Walker ahead of runoff election

 December 2, 2022

According to the Washington Examiner, former President Barack Obama is, once again, targeting U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker. 

This comes ahead of the runoff election that will take place in Georgia on Tuesday, Dec. 6, between U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Walker, the Republican challenger.

The runoff was brought about because neither Warnock nor Walker was able to secure enough votes in the midterm elections to claim victory.

The tally was 1,945,737 for Warnock to 1,907,272 for Walker. That's less than a one percentage point difference, which is what triggered the runoff.

Obama goes after Walker

Obama has been doing his part to help get Warnock over the finish line. He has made multiple trips to the state with the most recent one occurring on Thursday in Atlanta.

There, Obama went on the attack against Walker.

Obama, referring to comments that Walker made in November, said:

Since the last time I was here, Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia, like whether it's better to be a vampire or a werewolf. This is a debate I once had myself when I was 7. Then I grew up. In case you're wondering, by the way, Mr. Walker decided he wanted to be a werewolf, which is great. As far as I'm concerned, he can be anything he wants to be - except for a United States senator. This would be funny if he weren’t running for Senate.

Obama, according to the New York Post, went on to accuse Walker of telling "bald-faced lies" to the Georgia voters and of making "stuff up."

It's far from the first time that Obama has gone after Walker.

Obama warns against complacency

Obama, on Thursday, also urged Democratic voters not to get complacent, saying, "I'm here to tell you we can't tune out. We have to run through the tape, and I know you can do it because you did it before."

Obama, of course, is referring to the Senate runoff election that was held a couple of years ago between Warnock and then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). Warnock won on that occasion, resulting in a 50-50 split in the Senate with the tie-breaking vote going to Vice President Kamala Harris.

Obama, on Thursday, continued:

You have the power to determine the course of this country. If voters here in Georgia had stayed home two years ago, Republicans would have kept control of the Senate, and they would have blocked every single piece of legislation that President [Joe] Biden and Democrats passed.

A difference this time around is that it is already known that the Democrats will keep control of the Senate, as they have already reached the 50-Senator mark. The question is just whether the final Senate makeup is going to be 50-50 or 51-49 for the Democrats, which could have implications down the road.

Reports indicate that early voting in Georgia, ahead of Tuesday's runoff, is setting records. There is no real telling who is going to come out on top. Experts are suggesting that it may come down to which candidate managed to get more of their supporters out to vote.

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