COLLEGE PARK, GA – Former President Barack Obama has repeatedly targeted Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate from Georgia who is challenging Sen.
The former president, returning to the campaign trail on behalf of his fellow Democrats a week and a half before Election Day, blasted Walker, a former college football star and first-time candidate, as a “celebrity wannabe.” to be a politician.”
Obama, who remains the most popular figure in the Democratic Party nearly six years after leaving the White House, is trying to pull off some last-minute magic as Democrats try to hold on to the midterm elections. The former president leads caucuses in five states with key Senate and gubernatorial races.
“I’m here to ask you to vote,” the former president told the nearly 7,000 people who packed the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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And pointing to the nearly 15,000 people who have already voted in early voting – a record in the middle of Georgia – Obama stressed “you don’t have to wait until Nov. 8 to throw you out. You can vote right now.”
The former president was led into the ceremony by Democratic presidential nominee Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist who is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in a recap of their 2018 show. Polls show the next governor with higher numbers than Abrams.
And Obama was introduced on stage by Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. he preached. Recent research suggests that it is a borderline error between Warnock and Walker.
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The former president said that “Herschel Walker was a football player..one of the greatest runners of all time.”
“Does that make him the best person to represent you in the United States Senate?” Obama asked the crowd, which responded with a resounding “no.”
The former president argued that “in the case of the Rev. Warnock’s opponent, there is little evidence that he was interested, bothered to learn anything, or showed any kind of knowledge about public service, or volunteer work, or helping people in any way. We don’t really know about the story.” . And that makes you suspicious.”
And referring to Walker and his close friend President Donald Trump – who is known for his popularity in TV and real estate before entering politics and replacing Obama in the White House, Obama argued “it seems that he is famous and wants to be a politician, and we have seen how it turns out.” .”
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Obama, pushing back against the GOP’s repeated attacks in recent months by saying Democrats are soft on crime, asked the audience “who is going to fight to keep you and your family safe?”
He added that Warnock is a man “who worked with President Biden to pass major gun safety legislation for almost 30 years,” and knocked Walker as “someone who carries a fake badge and says he’s in law enforcement.”
Walker has been criticized for overstating his security credentials and was called out in one of his clashes with Warnock two weeks ago for flashing a police badge of honor when the rules of engagement forbid anything.
Before Obama’s House appearance in Georgia, Walker pushed the former president.
At a campaign rally Friday, Walker pointed to Warnock as “he’s tearing down Obama. Obama doesn’t live here. Why are they bringing him here to do something for him. Obama doesn’t pay taxes here. .”
“Get Obama out of here unless he wants to come here and he can run for the Senate again. I can beat him too,” Walker boasted.
Following his stop in Georgia, Obama will campaign in the Midwestern swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday. The former two-term president will travel to the purple state of Nevada on Tuesday, with a key battleground in northeastern Pennsylvania on Nov. 5. Four states have major Senate elections that will determine which party will control the majority of the chamber. front, and four have the highest leadership races.
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It is the Democrats who are facing a historic – the party that wins the White House traditionally faces serious obstacles in the mid-term elections in the coming years – and a bad political climate caused by rising prices, high crime and the border problem and strengthened by the repetition of President Biden but approved with water. , Obama’s job is to try to energize the party’s base.