COLLEGE PARK, GA – President Barack Obama has repeatedly criticized Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate nominee in Georgia who is running against Sen.
The former president, returning to the campaign trail alongside fellow Democrats with a week and a half to go until election day, criticized Walker, former columnist and professional football star and with a first-time candidate, as a “celebrity who wants to be a politician.”
Obama, the most popular figure in the Democratic Party nearly six years after leaving the White House, is trying to perform some last-minute political magic that will greatly test the Democrats will retain their majority in Congress in the midterm elections. The former president heads major leagues in five states holding Senate and gubernatorial races.
“I’m here to ask you to vote,” said the former president to about 7,000 people packed into a stadium from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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And referring to the nearly 15,000 people who voted early in the primary election – a midterm record in Georgia – Obama said “you don’t have to wait until November 8th to vote. You can You choose now.”
The first president before the podium was Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist who is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch of their 2018 showdown. Polls show the conservative governor with a higher rating than Abrams.
And Obama was introduced to the stage by Warnock, the pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. The latest research shows that there is a limit of race between Warnock and Walker.
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The former president noted that “Herschel Walker was a football player.
“Who is the best person to replace you in the United States Senate?” Obama asked the crowd, and they answered “no.”
The former president complained, “in the case of Rev. Warnock’s opponent, there is very little evidence that he has any interest, trouble to learn anything about it, and shows any kind of knowledge about it.” in public service, or volunteering, or helping people in. We don’t know about that. And that makes you suspicious.”
And pointing to Walker and his partner in former President Donald Trump – who was best known as a reality TV celebrity and real estate mogul before turning to politics and winning to Obama at the White House, Obama argued that “it seems to me that it’s popular for someone who wants to be a politician, and we know what that’s like.”
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Obama, hitting back at GOP attacks in recent months alleging that Democrats are soft on crime, asked the crowd “who is going to fight to protect you and your family ?”
He said Warnock also “worked with President Biden to pass gun safety legislation for nearly 30 years,” and knocked Walker as “one who takes a phony sign and says it’s law enforcement.”
Walker has been criticized for overstating his law enforcement credentials and was called out in his private spat with Warnock two weeks ago for wearing a badge of honor when it was banned. props argument rules.
At home before Obama’s visit to Georgia, Walker shot the former president.
At a press conference earlier Friday, Walker pointed to Warnock and said he was “taking Obama down. Obama doesn’t live here. .”
“Get Obama out of here unless he wants to come here and he can run for the Senate. I’m going to beat him,” Walker said.
After his stop in Georgia, Obama announced in the Midwestern swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday. The second-term president will head to the red state of Nevada on Tuesday, and the key battleground state of northeastern Pennsylvania on Nov. 5. forward, and four high-profile gubernatorial contests.
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With the Democrats facing historic headwinds – the party that wins the White House will always have big problems in the midterm elections – and a political climate fueled by the rise of the story, the increase in crime and the border problem and increased by President Biden in the recovery but under water. , Obama’s goal is to try to strengthen the base of the party.