Dec 2, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Obama doesn't hold back on Herschel Walker attacks in runoff rally

Barack Obama and Raphael Warnock

Former president Barack Obama campaigned with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in Atlanta Thursday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In his second rally for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) this election cycle, former president Barack Obama again laid into Herschel Walker's qualifications, mining some of the Republican candidate's more recent eyebrow-raising comments.

Why it matters: Obama's attacks align with Warnock's own runoff closing argument, which has featured direct attacks Walker's competence and character.

  • A recent Warnock ad features a split screen in which voters react to videos of Walker going off-script on the stump.

What he's saying: "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," Obama told thousands in Atlanta on Thursday.

  • "This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself. When I was seven. Then I grew up," he continued.
  • "As far as I'm concerned he can be anything he wants to be, except for a United States Senator," Obama said. "This would be funny if he weren't running for Senate."

Catch up quick: At a rally in McDonough, Ga. last month, Walker earned much attention and criticism for a rambling story about a horror movie in which a character couldn't kill a vampire because, the Senate candidate explained, the character didn't have faith.

  • "That's the way it is in our life. It doesn't work unless you have faith," he said.

What we're watching: Georgia voters have one more day of early voting Friday before the Dec. 6 runoff.

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