Talking to Fox’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening, Walker mentioned he has agreed to a televised debate in Savannah, Warnock’s hometown. Notably, that occasion shouldn’t be one of many three debates Warnock has mentioned he has agreed to attend.
“I’ve accepted a debate in Savannah, Georgia, in his yard, that we will debate October the 14th, in entrance of a crowd, that it will be his folks, as a result of we’re in his yard,” Walker mentioned. “This debate goes to be concerning the folks. It is not about some political occasion. It is not concerning the press.”
The Walker marketing campaign informed CNN the proposed occasion can be sponsored by native TV station WSAV and broadcast on different stations in markets throughout Georgia. Mallory Blount, a marketing campaign spokeswoman, didn’t reply to questions on whether or not Walker would conform to another debates.
The Warnock marketing campaign, in the meantime, didn’t instantly reply as to whether the Democratic incumbent would attend the WSAV debate.
“Two months in the past, Reverend Warnock accepted invites to a few well-established Georgia debates in Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon to be broadcast statewide, after Herschel Walker mentioned he would debate Reverend Warnock wherever, anytime,” mentioned Quentin Fulks, Warnock’s marketing campaign supervisor. “Nothing has modified. Reverend Warnock stays dedicated to debating Herschel Walker and giving Georgians three alternatives to see the clear selection about who is able to signify Georgia.”
Walker has confronted rising strain in latest weeks to conform to debate his opponent, together with advertisements from Warnock’s marketing campaign accusing the Republican of “dodging” three debates.
The strain on Walker has come not simply from Warnock. Fox’s Brian Kilmeade requested the GOP nominee final week why he had not dedicated to debating Warnock.
“Sen. Warnock has nothing else to speak about,” Walker mentioned. “I am able to debate him, any time, any day. I simply need to make it for the followers, not a couple of political occasion or about some media, and all he is doing is speaking. I need to make it a good and equitable debate for the folks.”
The Georgia Senate race is likely one of the most high-profile elections of the upcoming midterms, and the state stays sharply divided. Democrats like Warnock and President Joe Biden gained statewide within the final cycle after years of GOP dominance, however the governor’s mansion and state legislature are nonetheless managed by Republicans. A latest Fox Information ballot of registered voters discovered Warnock with 46% help to Walker’s 42%, whereas the identical survey put Republican incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp at 47% towards Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams at 44%.
Republicans in Georgia — lots of whom have expressed concern over Walker’s liabilities as a candidate — say the first-time candidate can be higher served by not dealing with Warnock in a public debate format. Walker simply gained his Might 24 main with out having to debate any of his GOP opponents.