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‘SNL’ cold open breaks rise of GOP candidates with ‘no political experience’ ahead of midterms


“Saturday Night Live” this weekend took into account the growing number of Republican candidates who have “no political experience” in key states ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The late-night show’s cold open saw PBS’s “NewsHour” Judy Woodruff (Heidi Gardner) chat with political newbies Herschel Walker (Kenan Thompson), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Mikey Day) and Kari Lake (Cecily Strong).

“Hello, Judas, my name is Herschel Walker Texas Ranger, running for president from United Airlines,” Thompson said as the Georgia Senate candidate to Gardner’s Woodruff at the top of the sketch. Thompson’s frequent impression of the former NFL player usually causes him to speak incoherently.

When Woodruff asked him why millions of Georgians planned to vote for him when two women claimed he paid for their abortions and his ex-wife said he once held her at gunpoint weapon, he answered: “Gas”.

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Heidi Gardner as Judy Woodruff from PBS’ Newshour, left, with Kenan Thompson as Herschel Walker, top right, Mikey Day as Dr. Mehmet Oz, middle right, and Celily Strong as of Kari Lake during Saturday’s cold open.
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After she asked him to elaborate, he said, “I’m having fun. Look, if you want to get on the jumbotron at the Falcons game, you don’t put on a cardigan and you start to make sense. You take off your shirt and shake your belly. That’s what I do and people love me no matter what. As the great Trump Donald said, “I can pay for an abortion in the middle of the Fifth Avenue and lose no votes.”

Recent polls have shown Walker winning or taking the lead from incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.

‘SNL’ cold open breaks rise of GOP candidates with ‘no political experience’ ahead of midterms

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia holds a campaign rally on October 27, 2022 in Cumming, Georgia.
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Gardner’s Woodruff then turned to Oz, who worked overtime on his Pennsylvania credentials, telling him, “My Pennsylvania Phillies are in the World Series,” while donning a Phillies hat with the forever tag. lit. “And I just had a delicious Philadelphia cheese and steak.”

The Senate candidate, a retired doctor who was criticized for his medical advice on his TV show, then began using a dubious but “miraculous” drug he said would cause users to lose 30 pounds in a day.

‘SNL’ cold open breaks rise of GOP candidates with ‘no political experience’ ahead of midterms

Former US President Donald Trump (left) embraces Arizona’s Republican nominee for Governor Kari Lake, whom he endorsed, during a campaign rally attended by former US President Donald Trump at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.
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He said he was surprised by his rise to prominence in front of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, saying he always knew he would win if he was ‘honest’, ‘fair’ and if his opponent had a “debilitating medical emergency”. Fetterman is recovering from a stroke he had earlier this year.

Strong, returning to the series after a hiatus, played Lake who told Woodruff, “It’s great to be with you on your sweet little series of lies.”

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‘SNL’ cold open breaks rise of GOP candidates with ‘no political experience’ ahead of midterms

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz participates in a debate with his Democratic challenger John Fetterman on October 25, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Strong’s Lake said she was voting ahead of Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs because she’s ‘normal’ and because she ‘just clicked with a lot of wonderful, terrified old people here in Arizona. , West Florida”.

She said she was also a ‘fighter’, explaining that she had ‘sent over 2,000 salads’ back to restaurants in her lifetime, ‘and I’m not afraid to do the same with democracy’ .

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She later added that if elected, she would make sure Arizonans “never have to vote again.”

The show was hosted by rapper Jack Harlow, who was also the musical guest.


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