Bad Policies, Worse Explanations: Why Herschel Walker Is Still Dodging Debates with Reverend Warnock — More Than 100 Days Later

September 7, 2022

GOP Senate candidate’s lies, scandals, and bizarre statements have been put on full display

It’s been more than 100 days of Walker refusing to commit to debates despite previous comments that he would debate Reverend Warnock “any day of the week.” Walker has dodged debates for months, and then went out of his way to say he would only participate in a different debate where the topics would be shared ahead of time.

Now that Reverend Warnock has said he will agree to participate in Walker’s preferred debate in Savannah hosted by Nexstar — provided a) no topics are provided to candidates prior to the debate and b) Walker agrees to at least one of the non-Savannah debates Reverend Warnock agreed to months ago in Macon and Atlanta — will Walker finally quit the games and show the people of Georgia if he’s really ready to represent them?

If Walker keeps chickening out…we know why:

BAD POLICIES — WORSE EXPLANATIONS: Time and time again, Walker has either failed to defend his policy positions or failed to assert a policy position at all. 

  1. Herschel Walker supports a national ban on abortion with no exceptions, not even in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Walker said it’s “a problem” that one isn’t already in place. 
  1. Herschel Walker argued against the federal climate change, health care, and deficit-reduction bill that passed earlier this month by claiming that “a lot of money, it’s going to trees” and “we have enough trees.” 
  1. When recently asked to clarify “what policies he’d pursue to combat the wider inflation he blames on Warnock,” Walker “didn’t answer” and instead “veered into a soliloquy on border patrols.” And after attacking Warnock’s support for the Inflation Reduction Act without “reading the bill,” Walker admitted he’d read only “some of the bill” himself.
  1. Asked about solutions to gun violence, Herschel Walker proposed a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at social media.” Walker attacked Reverend Warnock for supporting common sense gun laws, including a piece of legislation that would expand background checks for firearm transfers between individuals without a gun license. 
  1. Herschel Walker refuses to say how he would have voted on legislation to protect marriage equality.
  1. Herschel Walker says it’s “totally unfair” to ask him if he supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill that the Senate passed last year: “I have to see all the facts
  1. Herschel Walker tried to claim that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named in honor of Lewis’ life’s work to secure voting rights, “just doesn’t fit what John Lewis stood for.


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