Former President Barack Obama was in Georgia Thursday campaigning for Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock ahead of the state’s runoff election, taking time on stage to mock Warnock’s Republican challenger, Herschel Walker.
In last month’s midterm, neither candidate reached the 50 percent of votes needed to win, which is the threshold dictated by Georgia law. Now some voters head back out to the polls on Tuesday, with others showing up in record numbers during early voting.
Obama also campaigned for Warnock, who seeks a second term, prior to the general Election Day, and told supporters Thursday that he had previously “made clear my thoughts on Mr. Walker.”
“I had to acknowledge that I did not think he had either the confidence, the character, the track record of service that would justify him representing Georgia in the United States Senate,” Obama said.
Obama then went on to poke fun at one of Walker’s campaign speeches from mid-November, where the former football star talked about a movie he had recently watched involving vampires and werewolves.
“Since the last time I was here,” Obama said with a chuckle, “Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia. Like whether it is better to be a vampire or a werewolf.”
“This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself,” he added. “When I was 7.”
Obama: Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia like if it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf.. This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself.. when I was 7 pic.twitter.com/TonaibyZ1u
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 2, 2022
Obama’s mockery was later posted on Twitter by user @Acyn, who also posted a clip of Obama addressing Walker’s claim that he had previously let the former president win in a game of basketball. Walker repeatedly told the story of meeting the former president between 2017 and 2020, reported HuffPost, but claimed right before the November 8 election that he had “never met” Obama.
“Since the last time I was here, apparently he also claimed that he used to let me beat him in basketball,” Obama said Thursday night, “but then he admitted that we’ve never actually met. So I guess this was more of an imaginary whooping.”
According to HuffPost’s report, it’s not clear if Walker had met the former president or if he was telling the truth during his previous campaign interviews.
Obama: He also claimed that he used to let me beat him in basketball but then he admitted that we never actually met. So I guess this was more of an imaginary whooping pic.twitter.com/elIYzdYQug
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 2, 2022
The runoff election Tuesday is predicted to be just as close as Warnock and Walker’s general election. But some experts say that the record number of Democratic voters showing up in the first few days of early voting could mean trouble for Walker.
Warnock has also been on a campaign blitz, hosting six different events over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend alone. Walker’s lack of public events could also prove helpful for the Democrat.
Newsweek has reached out to Walker’s campaign for comment.
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