Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker released an ad Wednesday accusing the Democratic Party of using racial issues to divide Americans.
The 30-second ad quotes Democratic politicians including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), contrasting their statements that America is racist with Walker’s belief that America is a “great country full of generous people.”
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“Democrats use race to divide us,” the ad begins. It then shows a highlight reel of Democratic Party figures making various comments about race in America.
Abrams is quoted criticizing the Georgia election reforms supported by Republicans as “racist” legislation that is “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”
It also refers to Joe Biden’s widely criticized comment from 2020 in which he told Charlamagne tha God, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Finally, it quote’s Walker’s opponent Raphael Warnock saying, “America has a preexisting condition. It’s called racism.”
Then Walker addresses viewers directly with a simple message: “Senator Warnock believes America is a bad country, full of racist people. I believe we’re a great country, full of generous people.”
“Warnock wants to divide us. I want to bring us together,” Walker says.
The ad comes as horse race polls show a tight contest between Walker and Warnock, who won a Senate seat in a special election in 2020. A recent poll from Emerson College has the Republican candidate leading the Democratic Senator 46%-44%, a much closer race than in April when Warnock led Walker 49%-45%. The Senate election is rated a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report.
With the midterm election just two months away, Warnock has attacked Walker for appearing hesitant to debate him. The Democrat released an ad earlier this week calling for Walker to “quit the games” and “agree to debates.”
Walker responded on Wednesday, offering to have a “fair debate” in Savannah on Oct. 14.
” I don’t care what the topics are. It’s a fair debate. Open to the public. Televised statewide. And it’s not run by your donors. You in? Let’s do this for the people,” Walker tweeted.
But the Warnock campaign has said Walker must agree to a second debate next month before Warnock will meet Walker in Savannah, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It’s time for Herschel Walker to stop playing games,” Warnock campaign manager Quentin Fulks said. “The job of a U.S. senator isn’t one where you know the topics ahead of time or get a cheat sheet, and Herschel Walker shouldn’t need one to find the courage to walk on a debate stage.”
A sticking point in the debate negotiations has been whether the candidates will receive the topics in advance and whether there will be a live audience. Walker prefers to have the topics in advance and doesn’t want an audience.
Both candidates have been invited to participate in at least three debates hosted by WTOC in Savannah, Mercer University in Macon and the Atlanta Press Club. Warnock has agreed to appear in all three but Walker only accepted an invitation to a fourth debate hosted by WSAV in Savannah on Oct. 14.
Warnock will face Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver at the Mercer University debate on Oct. 13 and the Atlanta Press Club debate on Oct. 16. Both events will move forward with or without Walker.
Walker, a former University of Georgia running back and NFL star, skipped the GOP debates in the primary campaign, saying at the time he wanted to focus on defeating Warnock in the general.