Herschel Walker, the GOP nominee for Senate in Georgia, says he’ll probably be bested by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) of their lone debate next month.
“I’m a rustic boy. I’m not that smart. He’s a preacher. [Warnock] is wise and wears these nice suits,” Walker said at a campaign stop over the weekend, in accordance with the Savannah Morning News. “So, he’s going to point out up and embarrass me at the controversy Oct. 14th, and I’m just waiting to point out up and I’ll do my best.”
It’s rare to see a candidate declare openly that they aren’t as smart as their opponent. The comments are likely intended to lower expectations for Walker’s showdown against Warnock, a longtime pastor known for his oratory skills.
Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate for Georgia, speaks at a campaign event on Sept. 9 in Gwinnett, Georgia.
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The race is one among the important thing battles within the upcoming election that would determine control of the Senate. Warnock, who won his election bid in a 2021 runoff, is searching for his first full term in office.
Walker has faced quite a few negative stories about secret children he has fathered, allegations of domestic violence and questions on his credentials, amongst other things. His own campaign staffers have reportedly described him as a “pathological liar.”
Walker, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, has also made several awkward comments, including his criticism of President Joe Biden’s climate and health law. “Don’t we now have enough trees around here?” Walker asked last month.
Despite these gaffes, polls show the previous football star trailing only barely behind Warnock, in accordance with the FiveThirtyEight polling average.