August 21, 2022

Herschel Walker, a Republican attempting to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, has the endorsement of Donald J. Trump, the former president under investigation for espionage. Walker's résumé is dubious at best. Walker, a former N.F.L. star with zero political experience, claimed he wanted to murder a man. He has also alleged that he has worked for law enforcement, was an F.B.I. agent, and lied about how many children he has.

But wait, there's more. Walker has a history of domestic violence and has struggled in the past with dissociative identity disorder. So, it's not surprising that he's too much of a chickenshit to debate Warnock. And his reasons are flimsy, and this one is a doozy.

Warnock accepted the invitation to participate in a debate with Walker about a month ago, but now the former N.F.L. star is declining to participate.


On Friday, Walker said he has no plans to debate in Macon and explained why.

"I'm not going to respond to anything because you know that's not a debate, and you know that," Walker said. "You've got people that are contributors to his campaign, and it's in this room that only two people gonna see it on a Sunday night, I think. N.F.L. Football, I am giving you an opportunity to be statewide so everybody can see what it is, see the contrast between the two f us. I don't know how you can ask for anything better."

The debate is set for a Thursday night, not a Sunday. It is a co-sponsored debate by 13WMAZ, our Atlanta station 11Alive, Georgia Public Broadcasting, The Telegraph and Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University.

Walker did (for now) accept an invitation to debate Warnock in Savannah on Oct. 14.

"It is like the 'Rumble in the Jungle.' Everyone gets a chance to see he and I go at it," Walker said. "This little country boy that's not too smart, and I am trying to unseat a Senator who is wrecking things. I’m going to call him Wreck-It Ralph. He ought to get to Savannah, Georgia, to go up against Herschel Walker."

Sure, buddy. Whatever you say.

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