COLLEGE PARK, GA – Former President Barack Obama has repeatedly taken aim at Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia, who is up against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a key Senate race.
The former president returned to the Democratic campaign trail a week and a half before Election Day, criticizing former college and pro football star and first-time candidate Walker as a “celebrity.” who wants 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 pull off some last-minute political magic as Democrats try to keep their razor-thin congressional majorities in the midterm elections. The former president will lead rallies in five states hosting key Senate and gubernatorial races.
“I’m here to ask you to vote,” former President Hartsfield-Jackson told an estimated 7,000 people packed into the arena, steps from Atlanta International Airport.
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Noting that nearly 15,000 people voted in Georgia’s midterm early voting record, Obama stressed that “you don’t have to wait until November 8th to vote. You can vote right now.”
The former president was preceded at the podium by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a champion of voting rights who is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch of the 2018 race. Polls show the conservative governor leading Abrams by single digits.
And Obama was introduced to the stage by Pastor Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. The latest polls suggest it’s a toss-up between Warnock and Walker.
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The former president said, “Herschel Walker was a great football player.
“Does that make him the best person to represent you in the United States Senate?” Obama asked the crowd, and they said no.
Former President “Rev. “There is very little evidence that Warnock has shown any interest, lack of knowledge, or public service, volunteer work, or helping people in relation to Warnock’s opponent.” Anyway. We don’t really know about that. It makes you suspicious.
Pointing to both Walker, who was best known as a reality TV star and real estate mogul before turning to politics and succeeding Obama in the White House, and his close friend former President Donald Trump, Obama said, “He looks famous to me. wants to be a politician and we’ve seen how that goes.”
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Obama countered repeated attacks on the GOP campaign in recent months by accusing Democrats of being soft on crime, asking the audience, “Who will fight to keep you and your family safe?” He asked.
He said Warnock was the man who “worked with President Biden to pass the first major gun safety bill in 30 years” and called Walker “someone who carries a fake badge and says he’s in law enforcement.”
Walker has been criticized for abusing his law enforcement powers and was called out for flashing a police badge during a private debate with Warnock two weeks ago when debate rules prohibited any props.
Before Obama arrived in Georgia, Walker beat the former president.
At a campaign rally on Friday, Walker pointed to Warnock and said, “He’s bringing Obama down. Obama doesn’t even live here. So why is he bringing him down here to do something. Obama doesn’t pay taxes here. .”
“If Obama doesn’t want to come here, he can’t even run for the Senate. I’d beat him,” Walker boasted.
After his stop in Georgia, Obama began campaigning in the Midwestern states of Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday. The former two-term president will visit the purple state of Nevada on Tuesday and the crucial northeastern battleground of Pennsylvania on November 5. Four states hold Senate elections that could determine which party controls the majority of the chamber. forward, and four will hold high-level gubernatorial contests.
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Democrats face historic headwinds — the party that wins the White House traditionally faces big setbacks in the next midterm election — and a rough political climate fueled by record inflation, rising crime and the border crisis and marked by President Biden’s rebounding but still underwater approval ratings. , Obama’s mission is to try to energize the party’s base.