”I don’t want trees, I want policemen”

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Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker discussed issues including the critical theory of race, student loan forgiveness, and inflation.

At a rally in Martinez on Wednesday, U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker could not say whether he would agree to a second debate with incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.

When asked, Walker said “Let’s do this one, get rid of this, and then we’ll see.”

On Tuesday, Warnock’s campaign officially announced that it had agreed to meet at the Savannah debate hosted by Walker on Oct. 14, but Warnock said he hoped Walker would also reconsider attending the Atlanta or New York debates. Macon whom Walker had vehemently rejected.and the adversary Walker does not seem to be at the end.

However, Walker’s reluctance to commit did not concern his supporters at the evening campaign event in Columbia County. Roughly 200 supporters gathered at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

For Augusta-area residents like Rose Cales and Andrew Brejda, this week’s rally was the first time they’d seen or heard from Walker in person, outside of the constant stream of political ads. They were very happy with what they found.

“I think what I love most about Herschel, and what he drove across is that…he’s not a politician,” Cales said. “He’s running for us, for the people of Georgia.”

“He’s a very thoughtful, insightful and dedicated person, and the kind of person we really need in the Senate,” Brejda said.

After: Stop “playing games”. Warnock accepts Walker’s call for US Senate debate in Savannah

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U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses the crowd at the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, loan forgiveness students and inflation.

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses the crowd at the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, loan forgiveness students and inflation.

Walker shared some of his life story and political musings with the cheering crowd. He was accompanied by his wife, Julie Blanchard, and a few guest speakers.

The Senate candidate said he thought this race was something God had called him to do, and as for Warnock, “He doesn’t know, but it’s time for him to go!”

Members of the public laugh during the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday.  US Senate candidate Herschel Walker discussed issues such as critical race theory, student loan forgiveness and inflation.

Members of the public laugh during the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday. US Senate candidate Herschel Walker discussed issues such as critical race theory, student loan forgiveness and inflation.

Some of Walker’s most critical comments included the belief that America’s borders are not secure enough and the “wake-up call” of the military.

Julie Blanchard introduces her husband, U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, during the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, nullification of student loans and inflation.

Julie Blanchard introduces her husband, U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, during the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, nullification of student loans and inflation.

“I can promise you now that China, Russia, Iran don’t care how you identify yourself,” Walker said, referring to gender identity. He went on to say “You can be a girl today, a boy tomorrow and even a cat.”

A recurring theme in Walker’s speech was his view that issues like this, critical race theory and President Biden’s recent education loan cancellation program were distractions from to “real issues” like the war on drugs and crime rates.

“I don’t want trees, I want police,” he said.

One issue on which Walker was not so clear was the abortion ban. When asked for his reaction to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent proposal for a nationwide ban, he said he doesn’t believe such a decision should be made at the federal level. But, when asked “Would you support Senator Graham’s legislation?” he replied “If I had to support him today, I probably would.” Where it was clear, however, was her belief that abortions are wrong and “it’s sad” that Warnock endorses them.

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses the crowd at the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, loan forgiveness students and inflation.

U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses the crowd at the Women for Herschel event at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. Walker discussed issues including critical race theory, loan forgiveness students and inflation.

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The two candidates may have another chance to address this topic during the WSAV debate in a month.

In June, Warnock accepted invitations to three debates at the Atlanta Press Club and the Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, as well as one in Savannah hosted by the WTOC. In August, Walker proposed a fourth debate instead, also in Savannah, but hosted by WSAV.

Warnock has consistently criticized Walker for the time it took him to engage in a debate, often citing Walker’s comments last October that he was ready to debate “any day of the week” – from less in principle.

When Walker first announced his debate, it was reported that both candidates would be given advance notice of the topics to be discussed. Warnock said he only wanted to do this debate if they weren’t briefed on the topics in advance. Although the senator has pledged to attend, no information has been released as to whether his condition has been met.

After: Football icon UGA Walker and high-profile pastor Warnock face off in 2022 US Senate election

This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Herschel Walker on Revisiting the Atlanta and Macon Debates: “We’ll See”

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