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‘SNL’ takes on ‘surging’ Republicans ahead of midterm elections


“Saturday Night Live” kicked off this week’s episode with Heidi Gardner leading a PBS NewsHour focused on three notable Republicans ahead of the midterm elections in less than two weeks.

The first was Herschel Walker, played by Kenan Thompson.

“My name is Herschel Walker Texas Ranger,” Thompson said, as Walker said, kicking off the NBC variety show’s cold open. “And I’m running for president of United Airlines.”

Next: Dr. Mehmet Oz, played by Mikey Day.

“My Pennsylvania Phillies are in the World Series, and I just had a delicious Philadelphia cheese and steak. Yum!” Day’s Oz said.

Finally: Kari Lake, played by Cecily Strong.

“It’s great to be with you,” she said. “On your sweet little show full of lies.”

Gardner, as host of PBS NewsHour, noted that all three have done well in the polls lately despite their lack of political experience.

“And that’s where I don’t know,” Thompson’s Walker said when asked why his support was growing. “The whole world is a mystery, isn’t it? For example, a thermos keeps hot things hot but also cold things cold. My question is… how does he decide?

This was followed by the question of why so many Georgians, the state in which Walker is running for the Senate, still support him despite his many controversies.

“Gas”, he said.

The next question was posed to Dr. Oz de Day, who the PBS NewsHour host says has caught up with his Pennsylvania Senate race opponent John Fetterman.

“I was a long shot,” said Dr. Oz of Day. “But I figured you can win this election if you’re honest, fair, and if your opponent has a debilitating medical emergency.”

Fetterman had a stroke earlier this year.

Strong’s Lake responded to her rise in the polls by saying she was a “fighter” and had returned “over two thousand salads” in her lifetime.

“And I’m not afraid to do the same with democracy,” she said.

Walker then asked to answer the next question and started talking about Pokémon.

Gardner’s PBS host mentioned that Lake has proposed major changes to Arizona’s voting laws.

“If the people of Arizona elect me, I’ll make sure they never have to vote again,” Strong’s Lake said.

The segment then ended with Thompson’s Walker saying “youpi ki-yay and go Halloween” before the show’s tagline, “Live…from New York!” It’s Saturday night!”

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