Georgia GOP Senate candidate Hershel Walker hit back on Wednesday at former President Obama who said being a good football player doesn’t make him qualified to be a lawmaker.
Walker, a former NFL running back, told Fox and Friends’ Brian Kilmeade that he had never met Obama, but if he had, that meant he was a celebrity “because ‘he was just hanging out with celebrities’.
“He forgot to tell people that I created one of the largest minority-owned foodservice businesses in the United States of America, so I’m signing the front of a check, which he doesn’t probably never did except when he was in the White House,” Walker says.
“I have created companies, I sit on a board of directors listed on the stock exchange. So these are things that I have done outside of football. Put my resume against his resume – I posted it all day and I think I did well,” Walker added.
Obama at a rally in Georgia on Friday said during a campaign stop for Walker’s opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), that while Walker had a commendable football career, that doesn’t translate with success in Congress.
“Some of you may not remember this, but Herschel Walker was one hell of a football player,” Obama said. “But here’s the question: does that make him the best person to represent you in the US Senate?” Does that make it equipped to influence critical decisions about our economy, our foreign policy and our future?
Kilmeade also asked Walker how he was handling a series of recent controversies surrounding his campaign, including reports that the Republican candidate paid for several abortions from ex-partners but maintained a tough pro-life stance during the campaign trail.
“I keep moving forward,” Walker told Kilmeade. “Right now, they’re going to try to throw everything at me. They’ve spent nearly $100 million on me so far. Right now the race is pretty much tied or I’m leading which shows they don’t know how to spend their own money so stop spending our money.
Reports also emerged that Walker was the father of previously undisclosed children. Despite the controversies, he and Warnock are racing in one of the tightest races in the country.
A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution/UGA published Monday found that Warnock and Walker are 45% statistically linked.
Georgia’s Senate race is one of the few that could determine who controls the upper house next year. If no clear winner is decided next week, the election will head to a run-off – which is how Warnock won the seat in 2020.