COLLEGE PARK, GA – Former President Barack Obama has repeatedly taken aim at Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia who is challenging Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock in a key battle. to the Senate.
The former president, making his return to the campaign trail on behalf of fellow Democrats with a week and a half to go before Election Day, criticized Walker, the football star professional and ex-professional football and first candidate, as a “celebrity for those who want to be a politician”.
Obama, who remains the most popular figure in the Democratic Party nearly six years after leaving the White House, is trying to work some last-minute political magic as Democrats struggle to retain their majority. thin congressional numbers in the midterm elections. The former president is heading rallies in five states holding senatorial and gubernatorial elections.
“I’m here to ask you to vote,” the former president told about 7,000 people gathered in a stadium not far from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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And pointing to the nearly 15,000 people who have already cast ballots in early elections – a record in Georgia – Obama stressed that “you don’t have to wait until November 8th to vote. Now you can vote.”
The former president was preceded on stage by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a voting rights champion who is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch. showdown in 2018. Polls show the conservative governor with a one-point lead over Abrams.
And Obama was introduced by Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. The latest analysis suggests that the edge of the race between Warnock and Walker.
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The former president noted that “Herschel Walker was a football player … one of the greatest running backs of all time.”
“Does that make him the best person to represent you in the United States Senate?” Obama asked the crowd, who responded with a resounding “no.”
The former president accused that “as for the opposition of Rev. Warnock doesn’t have any evidence that he’s really interested, struggling to learn anything, or showing any kind of information about public service, volunteering, or helping people in any way. At least we don’t know about it. And that worries you.”
And former President Donald Trump — best known as a reality TV personality and real estate mogul before turning to politics — pointed to Walker and his close friend. politics and succeeding Obama in the White House, Obama argued: he wants to be a politician, and we’ve seen how that goes.”
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Obama, pushing a recurring attack on the GOP campaign in recent months that has charged that Democrats are soft on crime, asked the audience “who will fight to protect you and your family?”
He described Warnock as someone “who worked with President Biden to pass the first gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years,” and slammed Walker as “someone who carries a fake label and says but he is in law enforcement.”
Walker has been criticized for increasing law enforcement licenses and was called out in his one-on-one debate with Warnock two weeks ago for forcing badges on police when it is illegal to do so. discussion.
Home before Obama appeared in Georgia, Walker took a stab at the former president.
At Friday’s rally, Walker pointed to Warnock and said he was “bringing Obama down. Obama doesn’t even live here. So why is he bringing him in here to do something for him. He doesn’t.” Obama pays taxes here.”
“Get Obama out of here if he doesn’t want to be here and he can run for the Senate too. He’ll beat me too,” Walker boasted.
After his stop in Georgia, Obama campaigned in the midwestern swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday. The former two-term president went to the purple state of Nevada on Tuesday, and the main battle in northeastern Pennsylvania on November 5. advanced, and four are running for governor.
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With Democrats facing a historic dilemma – the party winning the White House faces a major setback in the midterm elections – and a tough political climate fueled by inflation, the high crime and the border crisis and President Biden’s approval rating has been boosted. , Obama’s mission is to try to energize the base of the party.